Writing

 “While I have written in a variety of forms from scripts to press releases to police reports, my strength is in feature writing. I want to have the opportunity to delve deeper into stories, create pieces with color, and shed light on issues.”

 

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News Articles

 
 Photo from The Daily Home/Bob Crisp

Photo from The Daily Home/Bob Crisp

The Daily Home: Spiritual Sign

Talladega's Albright House to house man's mission to begin deaf church

For the first time in a while, the Albright House owned by First Baptist Church of Talladega is going to be a home again. ...

 Photo from The Tuscaloosa News/Erin Nelson

Photo from The Tuscaloosa News/Erin Nelson

The Tuscaloosa News: Solving Stray Cat problem

Nonprofit uses humane way to reduce local feral population

Members of a nonprofit Tuscaloosa group believe they have a solution to a persistent problem: stray cats. ...

 Photo from The Crimson White/Layton Dudley

Photo from The Crimson White/Layton Dudley

The Crimson White: The Names above the Doors

Re-examining the legacies of campus namesakes

After 105 years, University of Alabama students are banding together and petitioning to change the name of the English department building, demanding it be changed to a more appropriate name -- specifically after "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee. ... 

 

Breaking News


 Photo for The Daily Home, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Photo for The Daily Home, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

 

The Daily Home: 'The Lord has another angel'

Munford woman killed in house fire was 'incredible, loving and caring'

Jud Ihlefield was at work when he received a call on Friday at around 5:45 a.m. from his neighbor, saying smoke was coming from his house. ...

 
 
 

Event Coverage


 Photo for The Daily Home, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Photo for The Daily Home, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

The Daily Home: Consul general of Japan in atlanta visits lincoln mayor, honda plant

The consul general of Japan in Atlanta visited Lincoln on Tuesday to talk with Mayor Bud Kitchin and tour Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, leaving with a piece of Southern hospitality in the form of blueberries and wine. ...

 Photo from The Tuscaloosa News/Robert Sutton

Photo from The Tuscaloosa News/Robert Sutton

The Tuscaloosa News: Yes They can

Students use cans to build objects, benefit food bank

The sound of ripping boxes and the plunk of unopened cans of food filled the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy's Event Hall early Friday morning as fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders began their work. ...

features

 Photo for Alpine Living Issue VII, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Photo for Alpine Living Issue VII, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Alpine Living, Issue VII: The story of Maori

History Documented

Some people choose to etch their story on their skin, mixing ink with blood. A select few of those people choose to etch their life's journey on their body's canvas with Ta Moko. ...

*Won Honorable Mention for 2017 Feature Story of the Year in the Associate Press College  Awards.

 Photo from The Daily Home/Bob Crisp

Photo from The Daily Home/Bob Crisp

The Daily Home: 'Like Being Married'

Talladega restaurateurs say finding success takes hard work, love

James Briswell has no illusions of security when it comes to the financial health of his restaurant. He's been in the business too long. He knows better. ...

 Photo for Vida, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Photo for Vida, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

vida: Earthquake culture

How natural disasters shape life in Chile

Enrique Marambio grew up with seismic activity as a constant in his life and makes a living in part by selling earthquakes. ...

 

Profiles


 Photo from My Hometown/Submitted photo

Photo from My Hometown/Submitted photo

The Daily Home, My Hometown: Artistic duo capturing the beauty of nature and playing with glass

Almost every evening, Steve and Sally Smith gather on the porch of their country home outside of New London with a glass of wine in hand to watch the sunset. ...

 Photo from Tuscaloosa Magazine/Robert Sutton

Photo from Tuscaloosa Magazine/Robert Sutton

Tuscaloosa Magazine: 6 Intriguing people-No. 4, Brandon Kasteler, construction manager at Habitat for humanity

Six Intriguing People focuses on a collection of different locals making a different for Tuscaloosa.

All Brandon Kasteler had getting off the Greyhound bus in Georgia to work for Habitat for Humanity was two suitcases, half a college degree and a mission. ... 

 Photo from Tuscaloosa Magazine/Robert Sutton

Photo from Tuscaloosa Magazine/Robert Sutton

Tuscaloosa Magazine: Music with a mission

State Trooper Adam Aaron uses his songwriting to give back to police families who have lost loved ones

Adam Aaron left his house during the hours where dreams, not his job, should have taken him away. ... 

 

Travel


 Photo for Alpine Living Issue VII, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Photo for Alpine Living Issue VII, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Alpine living, issue vii: the visual imagination

The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu offers visitors a free opportunity to see local and international art

At the end of Montreal street, past crumbling buildings and among a skyline dotted with cranes on the horizon like poppies in a field, a little message of hope lights up the town. ...

 Photo from Alpine Living Issue VI/Staff

Photo from Alpine Living Issue VI/Staff

Alpine Living, Issue VI: Hyde park stables

Baron walks along Bathurst Mews with elegance, grandeur and nonchalence. He passes cafes lining the street without a second glance and pays no attention to the cars driving by. He is not a jaywalker, so he waits patiently to cross the street into Hyde Park to start one of his daily walks. He towers above joggers and cyclists in the park, which is normal, because Baron is a horse. ...

 

Environmental


 Photo for Alpine Living Issue VII, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Photo for Alpine Living Issue VII, taken while reporting/Elayne Smith

Alpine Living, issue Vii: Saving the birds of new zealand

Bethany Brett changes her shoes 10 times a day. She does this knowing the time it takes her to change shoes may help protect the endangered birds at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve from harmful bacteria. She does this with the hope that one day the kiwi will have a chance to thrive in New Zealand, like the local people who have used the bird's name to attach themselves to a land threatening its icon. ...

 
 

Technology


 Photo from The Daily Home/Tucker Webb

Photo from The Daily Home/Tucker Webb

The Daily Home: Towers of babble

Cellphone calls aren't always wireless, can be disrupted

Hitting the green button is the easiest part of making a cellphone call. After you press that symbol, what happens to connect you to a friend down the road or a relative in a different state is not as simple as it may seem. ...

 Photo for The Daily Home, taken while reporting, designed by staff/Elayne Smith

Photo for The Daily Home, taken while reporting, designed by staff/Elayne Smith

The daily home: gotta catch 'em all

New Pokemon Go smartphone game taking nation, Talladega by storm

I held my phone in my hand as I walked along West battle Street and waited to cross to the green space of the square. Suddenly my phone buzzed and I froze. The lights had changed and I could have proceeded my course, but instead I held my phone in front of me as I caught a Venomoth. ...