My passion areas of reporting revolve around environmental justice for low-income populations, equitable access to education, and preservation of cultural traditions for diverse people. Some stories I've done are about issues of labor/civil rights in the energy sector, the importance of literature in education, and ethics in technological development, specifically in cyber and outer space. This all builds on my undergraduate research which looked into social media and how it affects international affairs, as well as my masters degree research which looked into  the media/public perception of science and technology, specifically when it comes to planetary exploration and earth science.  

Below are some of my selected pieces. 

 

Nashville Public Radio

Nashville, Tennessee 

NPR member station. While I worked here several of my pieces also aired on NPR national and Marketplace from the American Public Media group. 

January 24, 2019

Every year, the equivalent of about 10 million meals in Nashville are tossed in the trash, while one in six residents doesn't have enough food. That’s according to national research from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has chosen Nashville as a pilot city for testing food waste reduction practices on a national scale.

January 24, 2019

Every year, the equivalent of about 10 million meals in Nashville are tossed in the trash, while one in six residents doesn't have enough food. That’s according to national research from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has chosen Nashville as a pilot city for testing food waste reduction practices on a national scale.

December 21, 2018 

Exactly 10 years ago, one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history happened near Kingston, Tennessee. Over a billion tons of coal ash spilled from a pit at a Tennessee Valley Authority plant into the Emory and Clinch rivers and surrounding land on Dec. 22, 2008. 

October 30, 2018 

Tennessee has been praised for making community college more accessible by giving graduating high schoolers free tuition. But schools in the state have found the free college initiatives are not helping many of the lowest-income students, and some are trying to find ways to fill in the gaps.

 
 
 
 

Industry Dive

Washington, D.C.

Start-up media company covering business news across different industries. 

October 4, 2016 

A little house sits on a wooden stock just outside of writer Eudora Welty’s home in Jackson, MS. It’s marked by a sign, "Little Free Library," that encourages a curious passerby to open the door, explore, and take or leave a story for the next traveler.

October 4, 2016 

Any industry CIO understands the possible legal, financial and reputational consequences of a data breach on the future of a business. But growing enterprises, overwhelmed with huge amounts of data, may find it difficult to trust a third-party cloud provider with the safety of their information.

May 24, 2016

When it comes to dealing with the consequences of coal ash, the residents of one affected North Carolina community have a simple request for utilities: "Wake up."

The Rio Times

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Online english language publication for expatriates in Brazil. 

December 18, 2015

For a little over a year now, Junta Local, a community of local Brazilian producers has been holding artisanal food fairs throughout Rio de Janeiro, bringing quality, homemade products to the community.

October 30, 2015 

In an effort to expand public security in Rio de Janeiro, the state government and the Federation of Commerce of Rio de Janeiro (Fecomércio) signed an agreement (on October 26th) to reproduce the Operação Lapa Presente (Operation Lapa Today) in three more of Rio’s neighborhoods: Aterro do Flamengo, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, and Méier, beginning December 1st.

September 2, 2015

 An exhibit highlighting themes of love, desire, attraction, sexuality, morality and religion opened this week (Aug. 29). The exposition, entitled “Erótica, desejos traduzidos” (Erotica, desires translated), will be held in galeria Villa Olivia, on Morro da Conceição in Rio’s Port Zone.

The Voice

Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University's counter-culture weekly print newspaper. 

January 15, 2015

“Your silence is suffocating. We, students of color, cannot breathe.”

So begins the letter issued by a coalition of Georgetown University Law Center students of color to the GULC administration on Dec. 6, 2014, two weeks after a St. Louis grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the killing of an unarmed, 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown. 

January 30, 2014

Standing in her living room, Anna* (COL ‘15) absorbed every detail of her house, neighborhood, and family for, what she believed to be, the last time. While she was exhilarated at the prospects of attending Georgetown University, she realized that going to college across the country came with a trenchant insecurity of not knowing when she could see her mother, siblings, or friends again.  This feeling of insecurity is something that Anna had grown used to, being raised as an undocumented child in the United States.

September 25, 2014

Watching the riots unfold in Ferguson while sitting on my couch back home in Jackson, Miss., during the 50th anniversary of the South’s Freedom Summer movement for racial equality no less, was enough to make me seriously wonder whether I was watching a broadcast from the 1960’s. The cruel murder of a black teenager by a policeman, a supposedly upstanding citizen, unfortunately harkened back to the days of law enforcement’s unchecked corruption, and brutality against minority citizens.

Personal pieces 

Everywhere! 

I've contributed personal opinion and guest blogs for the Mississippi Museum of Art, Gnovis- a communication, culture, and technology georgetown blog, and another georgetown blog for the Kalmanovitz Initiative, a labor rights organization. I also have written for Georgetown's music site, WGTB. 

December 7, 2016

Gnovis online journal

Elon Musk loves Mars–in fact, he wants to live there, with you! The mustachioed SpaceX CEO sauntered onto stage at the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico in September, to announce his grand plan for colonizing the Red Planet and saving humanity from ecological apocalypse on Earth. 

May 18, 2016

Kalmanovitz Initiative 

Industry employers sit atop a forever moving pendulum between profit and workplace satisfaction. Balancing the needs and, more importantly, the safety of workers with a company’s bottom-line can seem daunting; many industry stakeholders, however, would contend that the challenges do not matter. Workers must always come first.

April 19, 2016

Mississippi Museum of Art 

Katy Simpson Smith is a young author, born and raised in Jackson, MS. Having grown up down the street from iconic Mississippi writer, Eudora Welty, Smith felt a connection to Southern literature and writing from an early age. Holding a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gaining an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and having already written three books, Smith is a testament to modern Mississippians moving forward. 

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