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Here are some of my favorite stories over the years.

Rashe Malcolm’s solar panels bring change to East Side

The Red & Black: Long-time Athens restaurant owner Rashe Malcolm installed solar panels on her restaurant and nonprofit.

Local vendors find community and support

The Red & Black: Athens has a diverse scope of local vendors who can be found selling their wares at the various farmers markets around town.

Local artist creates whimsical papier-mache sculptures

Marietta Daily Journal: A local Marietta resident was selected to showcase his papier-mache work at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.

Rally against gun violence held on Marietta Square 

Marietta Daily Journal: Cobb County citizens gathered for a rally against gun violence in Marietta Square.

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Puma Yu’s brings locally-sourced Southeast Asian cuisine to Athens

The Red & Black: One Athens couple is bringing accessible and locally-sourced Southeast Asian cuisine to the area.

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Downtown Culinary Showcase brings opportunity and hope

The Red & Black: The Downtown Culinary Showcase returned for another season. How this market helps small vendors grow their customers.

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Cafe Racer Coffee & Donuts increases prices to offer employee health care

The Red & Black: A local Athens restaurant followed in an Atlanta restaurant’s footsteps and increased their prices to offer their employees health care.

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International Grill and Bar known for good food and good company

The Red & Black: A family-owned Persian restaurant in Athens works hard to survive amidst the pandemic.

MUST Summer Lunch works to ease food insecurity in Cobb County

Marietta Daily Journal: MUST Ministries delivers lunches to Cobb County children during the summer.

Second Smyrna Pride Festival encourages people to ‘live where you’re loved’

Marietta Daily Journal: The Smyrna Pride group celebrates pride month with a local festival.

Covering Poverty

Covering Poverty at the Cox Institute has been an amazing opportunity for me to learn more about how to write and report on poverty. During my time with Covering Poverty, I’ve compiled resources for people in Oglethorpe County who need help, worked with The Current to research for an investigative piece on predatory title lending and contributed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Everyday Heroes with a profile about a UGA student doing great work for food insecure students.

After completing each article in Covering Poverty, we write about how we reported the story in hopes of helping others who report on poverty in their own communities. Below, you can find some of the stories I’ve worked on as well as links to how I reported the story.

Everyday Heroes: Claire Mistretta

Claire Mistretta is one Georgian who’s making an impact on student hunger.

Ways to help those in need in Oglethorpe County

Finding assistance can be an overwhelming task. This article compiles groups in Oglethorpe County who can help.