2016 was a terrible fire season across the Southeast, including a wildfire that killed more than a dozen people in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Fires in North Georgia blanketed mountain towns in smoke. That fall is a reminder that while the West braces for another ugly summer, it’s not the only region threatened by wildfire.
Aired on WABE and NPR July, 2021 and the reporting was featured on NPR’s podcasts Up First and Consider This. Interactive project published on NPR.org in August, 2021.
A community science initiative aims to help figure out which places are good for fireflies, which are bad and how what humans do affects the insects.
Aired on WABE and Here and Now June, 2021.
In the late-1960s, there was a proposal to mine Georgia’s salt marsh. The ensuing fight and the law that got passed to protect the marsh are why Georgia still has nearly 400,000 acres of coastal marsh, about a third of the salt marsh on the entire Eastern Seaboard.
Georgia’s Coastal Marshlands Protection Act is also important for the state’s future. Because as the sea level rises, the marshes that got saved back then are helping the state adapt now.
Aired on WABE and Here and Now September, 2020.
At a time when people are reckoning – again – with the monuments that have been built to tell the nation’s story, some are pushing for a memorial to be built at the former site of a brick factory, where convict laborers were forced to work under brutal conditions.
Aired on WABE and Here and Now, and published on NPR.org, August, 2020. This reporting was cited in the City of Atlanta’s ultimately successful effort to block development.
Dozens of states and utilities around the U.S. suspended disconnections early in the pandemic, ensuring that even as businesses closed and millions of Americans lost their jobs, people would still be able to keep their lights on regardless of their ability to pay.
Now, many of those power shut-off moratoriums are expiring, including Georgia Power’s, which ended on July 15. And this comes as Americans who are still struggling face the end of another lifeline: supplemental unemployment benefits that are set to lapse.
Aired on WABE and NPR July, 2020.
Decades of conservation work on loggerhead turtles in the Southeast have made a difference for the threatened, long-lived, somewhat mysterious species.
Aired on WABE and on NPR July, 2019.
In Atlanta, utility customers – including the city – don’t choose where their energy comes from. Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, makes that decision. And Georgia Power isn’t considering the city’s – or its own parent company’s – carbon goals as it develops its long-range plans.
Aired on WABE and published on NPR.org in May, 2019.