My Column, 'The Long Lens'

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Long lens: Please, don't shoot the messenger

"Y.M.C.A" by the Village People is not the overture I expected to be greeted with upon arrival at President Donald Trump's final Make America Great Again campaign rally on Nov. 5, the eve of midterm elections. I also didn't expect the friendliness and generally positive demeanor of the Trump supporters I encountered. Donning their MAGA hats and patriotic colors, the attendees of the rally were thrilled to see the man they believe is reviving American values.

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Long Lens: SCOTUS Kavanaugh confirmation

*Content warning: Parts of this column may be potentially distressing to some readers. In an era marked by the #MeToo movement. � where women now have a platform to hold perpetrators of sexual assault accountable and the world listens � a Supreme Court nominee who has been hit with sexual harassment accusations is more than problematic. It�s a pivotal moment in history, for more reasons than a crusade to smash the patriarchy. Judge Brett Kavanaugh�s pending confirmation to the Supreme Court o

The Long Lens: Jan. 24, 2018

Over the winter break from school, I was rear-ended, and my car was totaled. No one was hurt in the accident, and for that, I am both lucky and endlessly grateful. What transpired over the next several days was not so lucky. I came to discover the man who hit me did not have insurance. Since I only had liability coverage on my vehicle, I was — as they say — screwed. Flash forward to the end of last week, and you’d find a very stressed out version of me who had been paying out of pocket for a r

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The Long Lens: October 5, 2017

Like many others, I woke up on Monday morning to devastating news: a confirmed 58 people were killed and at least 500 injured in a mass shooting that took place at a country music festival in Las Vegas. From his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel, the gunman open-fired on the crowd below. He was reportedly in possession of 10 semi-automatic assault-style rifles. Mass panic ensued that night. At first, some thought the shots were fireworks. Some knew what was happening and were screaming

The Long lens: Aug. 16, 2017

I spent the summer interviewing some of Denver’s most accomplished and successful women as part of an internship. One of those women said something to me that completely changed the way I think. Something I’ll never forget. She’s the CEO of her own technical engineering training company, so you can imagine the conversation I had with her was one that left me scrambling to keep up. A brainiac, yes. But her spirit of giving and compassion for others is what struck me most. She’s spent the last s

The Long lens: Nov. 14, 2017

When I was young, I remember asking my mom if we were poor. I know now that we grew up in a middle-class home and lived comfortably. But back then, my sweet mom always answered with words that eased my irrational 7-year-old fears about our finances. Flash forward a decade and a half, and I’m singing a different tune, one of a college student living paycheck to paycheck and barely making enough money to get by. It’s so common to hear college kids describe their financial state with words like

The Long lens: Oct. 11, 2017

I found myself sitting at the bar in downtown Cape Girardeau’s only Irish Pub last night, talking to a stranger about the one thing I am most passionate: journalism. I’d just finished my shift at the brewery where I work down the street, and this person began asking me questions about why I want to be a journalist and where I saw myself in the future. We talked for quite some time about all the things that light up my mind. He said he saw the passion in my eyes. But as we sat there talking, I

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The Long lens: Aug. 23, 2017

We’re living in turbulent times, where the President of the United States can egg on one of the world’s most volatile leaders to literally start a war and no one has been able to stop him. White supremacists rioted in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, attacking anti-racist protesters (and killing one) and calling minority groups obscene names. The ability to gain perspective amid that kind of violence and hatred to see the world from multiple points of view is crucial. First lady of th

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