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Some of my best pieces:

How Alabama’s executioner, once fired for ‘mercilessly beating’ woman, rose to rank of warden

“A former Alabama State Trooper fired two decades ago and who a judge would later describe as a man who “beats on women, consorts with felons, and neglects his official duties,” is now the state executioner and warden at one of the state’s most notorious prisons.”

Alabama inmate Joe Nathan James Jr. executed for 1994 killing of ex-girlfriend

“The IV attached to James’ arm shook slightly with movement at 9:05 p.m, and one minute later James appeared to have labored breathing. The labored breathing lasted until about 9:10 p.m., when a correctional officer performed a consciousness check consisting of shouting James’ name, flicking his eyelid and pinching his arm. While James’ head moved to the side after the arm pinch, he did not respond to the motions.”

Jody Suzanne Ford, trans Birmingham hairdresser shot to death in 1977, paved way for others to live unafraid

“More than 45 years ago, a Jefferson County deputy district attorney argued that a 26-year-old man killed a woman he didn’t understand because she was transgender. Today, the former prosecutor stands by that statement.”

Neil Rafferty, Alabama’s only openly gay legislator: ‘Why can’t we just let people live their lives in this state?’

“Banned medical treatment for trans teenagers now includes puberty blockers and hormone treatment, and also gender-affirming surgery, which medical experts say are not performed on children in the state. Rafferty called the law reprehensible, saying, ‘It’s an unconscionable invasion into the privacy of family medical decisions that are done with the families and denying these families best practice, evidence-based medicine.’”

Who are the teens at the center of the legal fight over Alabama’s law banning transgender treatment?

“Parents of four teens suing Alabama over its ban on treatment for transgender minors say the new law will drastically change their kids’ lives, taking them from happy teenagers back to their lives of depression and confusion they faced before starting treatment and leaving them a shell of themselves… Here’s what we know about the teenagers who are fighting Alabama’s new law based on the lawsuits.”

Legal battle rages over Golden Flake queen’s competency, ability to make decisions on fortune

“In her beautiful antique Mountain Brook home, Joann Bashinsky’s most prized possession is a quilt. The multi-colored quilt hangs on her office wall and is made of more than a dozen squares of fabric signed by children thanking their ‘Mama B’ and expressing their love. Their love is one of the things keeping the 88-year-old queen of Birmingham’s potato chip empire going right now as she faces the fight of her life for control of her wealth.”

Free at last: Geneva Cooley eyes her first Thanksgiving free in 17 years

“Geneva Cooley has to sleep with one light on. Over the past 17 years, the 72-year-old New York woman has become accustomed to sleeping in cold and crowded Alabama lockups. There was always a light in the Julia Tutwiler Prison dorm where she slept for the past 13 years; and before that, for four years in the Jefferson County Jail. Now, Cooley is waking up a free woman, released after 17 years locked up for carrying drugs while she was a drug addict working for some extra cash.”

Nathaniel Woods executed for 2004 slayings of 3 Birmingham police officers

“Nearly 16 years after Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisholm III, and Charles R. Bennett were slain on what is known as the “Deadliest Day” in the history of the Birmingham Police Department, one of the convicted killers, Nathaniel Woods, was executed Thursday night despite outcries from groups and celebrities that he was not the one who fired the fatal bullets.”

Jefferson County probate judge Alan King retires, reflects on 19 years of judgeship

“As a child, King said his grandfather always told him about the defendants in his criminal courtroom. They would come in, and King’s grandfather would think: ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’ That saying stuck with King, who calls himself a ‘man of faith,’ and guided him throughout his tenure.”

Frank Fleming, the artist behind the Five Points fountain, finds his inspiration again

“Frank Fleming’s 1970s-era Birmingham house is decorated simply with the exception of one room. Lining the shelves on a wall, 15 or so sculptures stand out. There is a penguin the artist calls the “pissed off penguin” because of his angry expression. There are calla lilies, both cast in bronze and sitting in clay, waiting to be sent to the foundry. There are rabbits, turtles and monkeys.”

AWARDS

Alabama Press Association | 2020 Best Use of Social Media

1st place in Division A for “Ivana’s Lunch Break Live”

Alabama Press Association | 2020 Best Community Event

1st place in Division A for “Reopening Alabama: A Mayoral Town Hall Series”

Alabama Press Association | 2016 Better Newspaper Contest

Best Use of Social Media, 3rd Place: “Perfect day in Birmingham”

NATIONAL TV APPEARANCES

Oxygen’s “Snapped

Investigation Discovery’s “Six Degrees of Murder

Investigation Discovery’s “Southern Gothic

CNN’s “What it’s like to watch a death penalty execution