After several weeks operating during the peak of the COVID-19, a local Samaritan's Purse field hospital closed. Volunteers and hospital leaders told me about its impact.
After a flash flood took five lives at a campground in Alexander County -- including a 1-year-old boy -- the survivors entrusted me to tell their stories of survival.
I wrote a statewide piece about how some manufacturers pivoted to making personal protective equipment during the pandemic. The article ran in papers across the state as part of the North Carolina News Collaborative COVID-19 project, with funding from the Pulitzer Center. The article won a first-place business writing award from the North Carolina Press Association.
Local bedbug infestations were on the rise -- exterminators called it an "epidemic." The article won a North Carolina Press Association Award for news enterprise reporting.