Community

Cheshire, Ohio

BY Erica Yoon

As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.

Devil in the Night

BY Jonah Markowitz

It took thirty years of fishing Jamaica Bay for James “Frank the Fish” Culleton to build his home and business, and it took only one night for the bay to reclaim them.

Border Baseball

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

The Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos (The Owls of both Laredos) is a Mexican baseball team that plays home games in both Mexico and the U.S. Half of their home games are played in a primary stadium in Laredo, Texas, and the other half are played in a stadium about forty minutes away and in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Growing Within

BY Moriah Ratner (Associate Member)

Syracuse Hebrew Day School fosters leadership through teaching Judaic values within the dual curriculum, stemming from the belief that the survival of Judaism relies on educating young Jewish children.

Oil and Water

BY Joel Angel Juarez (Associate Member)

Since early 2016, thousands of Native Americans have been fighting to prevent the pipeline’s completion. In the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency the White House put the construction on hold pending further assessments, and for a while the protesters believed they had won. Crowds celebrated with fireworks on the snow covered prairie of North Dakota, but everything changed with the arrival of President Donald Trump.

Sadie James

BY Kathleen Flynn

Sadie James took care of people. Before Katrina, she was a health care aide for a woman in New Orleans. As the storm approached, Sadie left her rented house to stay with her mother, Irma, who was 74 and used a wheelchair.

Katrina Communities

BY Kathleen Flynn

As of today, Hurricane Katrina is the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

Rodney Lomax

BY Kathleen Flynn

he emotional trauma of Hurricane Katrina took its toll. But life in New Orleans comes with a host of additional challenges for kids like Rodney Lomax.

Crime and Punishment

Three Bags Full

BY Jonah Markowitz

Three Bags Full, chronicles Tavaris Sanders’s struggle to adapt to life as a black man from the foster care system of Chicago, to a predominantly white wealthy school at Connecticut College.

New York City’s Opioid Crisis

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

Drug addiction is real; it is menacing and ugly. But if we fail to maintain the humanity of the people who share their stories with us, addiction coverage turns drug users into caricatures or props. When suffering is coupled with exploitation, those who are photographed are never allowed to live outside of the pain they’re in, because those photos turn a single behavior into an identity that exists in perpetuity.

Synagogue Shooting

BY Justin Merriman

On October 27th, the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh, Pa., became the site of the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in American history.

Alcatraz

BY Pete Marovich

Alcatraz Island, located in the San Francisco Bay a little over a mile offshore from San Francisco, California, is home to the now closed Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary and the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States.

In God’s Name

BY Kathleen Flynn

Through the night, as he slept on the floor, they forced him awake for more. The sun had not yet risen over the Christian military home when Samson Lehman collapsed for the sixth time. Still, he said, they made him run. The screaming, the endless exercise, it was all in the name of God, a necessary step at the Gateway Christian Military Academy on the path to righteousness.

Culture

Border Baseball

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

The Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos (The Owls of both Laredos) is a Mexican baseball team that plays home games in both Mexico and the U.S. Half of their home games are played in a primary stadium in Laredo, Texas, and the other half are played in a stadium about forty minutes away and in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Electing POTUS

BY Rebecca Noble (Associate Member)

During the 2016 Presidential Election, I was lucky enough to be a senior studying journalism in the key battleground state of Arizona. Traditionally a red state, there was constant talk of “turning Arizona blue.” Arizonans saw several visits from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, their family members and other politicians, including First Lady Michelle Obama, stumping in support of their party’s candidate during the election cycle.

Legacy of the Black Cowboy

BY Pete Marovich

The nation’s only touring African American rodeo, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo has brought bulldogging, roping, bareback bronco riding, bull riding, barrel racing and other events to cities across the nation for 27 years.

The Old Order

BY Pete Marovich

The farmlands of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Ontario are among the most productive in North America. Many of the farmers in these areas are different, but different by choice. They are Old Order Mennonites, sometimes called the “Plain People,” and they trace their heritage back hundreds of years.

Big Top Dreams

BY Pete Marovich

The Cole Bros. Circus was the oldest, American Circus performing under the Big Top. W. W. Cole, who inaugurated the Cole Bros. Circus title in 1884, began his circus career in 1871, amassing fortune and fame by bringing to cities and villages the most astounding marvels of the day. Cole Bros. stopped touring in 2016.

Shadows of the Gullah Geechee

BY Pete Marovich

When slavery was abolished in 1863, the Gullah Geechee people of the Sea Islands settled in the lands they once worked as slaves when plantation owners abandoned their property. They continued their traditions and created their own communities steeped in religion and African traditions. They are known as Gullah in North and South Carolina and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

Economy

Any One Station

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

“Any One Station” tells the story of the deep history of California’s entrepreneurship, but one that also embodies many of the political, economic, and racial struggles of the modern American West.

Cheshire, Ohio

BY Erica Yoon

As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.

Tobacco Tradition

BY Erica Yoon

Taylor Ray Amos never seriously considered making his living off of anything but tobacco. Growing up in the southeastern fields of Franklin County, Virginia, it was all around him, a craft and a lifestyle passed down through both sides of his family tree.

Searching for Dream Street – Monessen

BY Pete Marovich

Monessen was created by steel magnates who built mills along the Monongahela. By 1930, more than 20,000 people lived in Monessen. Workers here made steel for Chrysler cars and cables for the Golden Gate Bridge.

Searching for Dream Street – Clairton

BY Pete Marovich

Clairton, a city in Allegheny County, Pa., along the Monongahela River, is home to the United States Steel Clairton Works, the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States. The city is still trying to recover from the decline of the steel industry.

Portrait of Santa Rosa

BY Adria Malcolm

Rural American towns fight to stay alive every day. Santa Rosa, a town of nearly 2,800, is hanging by threads as the community fights to resurrect the economy and the youth flee to discover the bigger cities in hopes for something more.

Rankin – Searching for Dream Street

BY Pete Marovich

Searching for Dream Street – Rankin The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1881 as part of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works, a sprawling 400-acre complex that spanned both sides of the Monogahela river. They produced up to 1,250 tons of steel a day until 1978 when they were closed. While the majority of the site was razed for a shopping center, …

Searching for Dream Street

BY Pete Marovich

The suburban towns along its iconic three rivers, helped make Pittsburgh an industrial powerhouse, driven by an influx of foreign-born workers at the turn of the 20th century. Immigrants filled jobs in the mills, where steel was forged for the aircraft and battleships that helped win two world wars.

But as you drive through these towns today, it’s clear they have been largely forgotten. Once bustling shopping corridors are all but empty. The company homes where mill workers raised their families are showing their age, and residents still reminisce about the “good old days” before the mills shuttered.

Searching for Dream Street – Aliquippa

BY Pete Marovich

In 1909, Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation (J&L), which already had a mill on the south side of Pittsburgh, wanted to expand, so it purchased land along the Ohio River near the town of Woodlawn about 25 miles downriver from Pittsburgh. The company expanded the town, building homes and businesses to accommodate the workers of what would become the largest steel mill in the world, stretching for 7 miles along the riverfront.

Environment

Cheshire, Ohio

BY Erica Yoon

As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.

Devil in the Night

BY Jonah Markowitz

It took thirty years of fishing Jamaica Bay for James “Frank the Fish” Culleton to build his home and business, and it took only one night for the bay to reclaim them.

Isle de Jean Charles

BY Kathleen Flynn

“The land we used to walk on is now just a waterway for our boats.” Chief Naquin said the changes in their homestead were caused by oil companies digging the canals and subsequently the hurricanes wiping away the compromised land.

Hurricane Katrina

BY Kathleen Flynn

As of today it is the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

Drying Up

BY Adria Malcolm

As of June 5, 2013, New Mexico was considered to be in “extreme” drought conditions after a thirty-six month period of no precipitation. The widespread drought has forced ranchers to rethink whether one of the state’s biggest and most vibrant industries, cattle ranching, is still a viable profession for them and their families.

Gun Culture

Wounds of America

BY Joel Angel Juarez (Associate Member)

Over recent years, a spotlight has been placed on police departments in the San Francisco Bay Area following a series of fatal officer-involved shootings. The deaths of Alejandro Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Mario Woods, Luis Góngora Pat and Jessica Williams are among several that prompted a wave of protests contributing to the eventual resignation of the San Francisco Police Department’s Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Health and Wellness

Cheshire, Ohio

BY Erica Yoon

As a young girl, Gladys Rife, 90, remembers secretly swimming off the banks of Cheshire, across the Ohio River to the other side just to pluck a watermelon off of its vine and swim back with her friends to gorge on the bounty of summer.

Worse than the Pain? The Shame.

BY Eve Edelheit

I was in Jacksonville, about to photograph my first out-of-town college football game as the solo shooter, and there I was, crying on the floor of the media bathroom, clutching my abdomen.

New York City’s Opioid Crisis

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

Drug addiction is real; it is menacing and ugly. But if we fail to maintain the humanity of the people who share their stories with us, addiction coverage turns drug users into caricatures or props. When suffering is coupled with exploitation, those who are photographed are never allowed to live outside of the pain they’re in, because those photos turn a single behavior into an identity that exists in perpetuity.

Prince Vinegar

BY Eve Edelheit

Ronald “Ted” Andrews was convinced after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease that he was going to take charge of his own life and his own death.

Uninsured in Rural America

BY Justin Merriman

Hours before daylight, hundreds of desperate people wait outside the gate. They hold pieces of paper with numbers, praying theirs are low enough to assure entry. They have traveled too far and endured too much to be denied.

The Long Road

BY Kathleen Flynn

New Bethany home for girls in Arcadia, La., operated from the 1970’s through 2001. State officials and law enforcement documented numerous confirmed reports of physical abuse of children who lived in the residential private christian home.

Essence of a Man

BY Kathleen Flynn

The nation’s only touring African American rodeo, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo has brought bulldogging, roping, bareback bronco riding, bull riding, barrel racing and other events to cities across the nation for 27 years.

Nanny Goat

BY Adria Malcolm

In 2008, Nancy Hinz had recently finished rehab, the last of three attempts at becoming sober after years of alcohol abuse. After not even a year of sobriety, Nancy was suddenly forgetting appointments and losing her way around her hometown. She would pause to call one of her sisters for directions to their houses, which she had visited hundreds of times.

Healthcare Never Never Land

BY Pete Marovich

Remote Area Medical (RAM), is a nonprofit volunteer medical relief corps based in Knoxville, Tennessee, RAM provides free health, dental and vision care to people in remote areas of the United States and around the world.

Immigration

The Real Strawberry Queen

BY Eve Edelheit

Maria Zuñiga had plans. As a high school grad, she can stay in America, but her son’s father legally can’t. The uncertainty keeps her in the strawberry fields.

Any One Station

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

“Any One Station” tells the story of the deep history of California’s entrepreneurship, but one that also embodies many of the political, economic, and racial struggles of the modern American West.

The Border

BY Justin Merriman

Traveling across the United States border with Mexico, the story of immigration unfolds for both the undocumented migrants and the law enforcement entities that stretch across the more than 1,900 miles.

Politics

46402 – Gary, Indiana

BY Pete Marovich

The brainchild of the Catholic Affairs Committee, the Knights of Columbus had planned to erect a series of large crucifixes throughout Lake County, Indiana. The crucifixes were described as memorials “to Americans who gave their lives in this country’s wars” and also “carry a religious message to the thousands of motorists who will pass by them” on US 20.

Wounds of America

BY Joel Angel Juarez (Associate Member)

Over recent years, a spotlight has been placed on police departments in the San Francisco Bay Area following a series of fatal officer-involved shootings. The deaths of Alejandro Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Mario Woods, Luis Góngora Pat and Jessica Williams are among several that prompted a wave of protests contributing to the eventual resignation of the San Francisco Police Department’s Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Electing POTUS

BY Rebecca Noble (Associate Member)

During the 2016 Presidential Election, I was lucky enough to be a senior studying journalism in the key battleground state of Arizona. Traditionally a red state, there was constant talk of “turning Arizona blue.” Arizonans saw several visits from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, their family members and other politicians, including First Lady Michelle Obama, stumping in support of their party’s candidate during the election cycle.

Oil and Water

BY Joel Angel Juarez (Associate Member)

Since early 2016, thousands of Native Americans have been fighting to prevent the pipeline’s completion. In the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency the White House put the construction on hold pending further assessments, and for a while the protesters believed they had won. Crowds celebrated with fireworks on the snow covered prairie of North Dakota, but everything changed with the arrival of President Donald Trump.

Political Engagement

BY Ryan Christopher Jones

These are not just photos of politicians giving speeches and shaking hands; they are photos of what these people and places looked and felt like. American political theater is quite often a circus, and I instead wanted to show a quieter and more organic dissection of how the people interact with politics.

Former President George H.W. Bush Dies

BY Pete Marovich

George Herbert Walker Bush, died November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1983, and as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan.

Roadside America

South of the Border

BY Pete Marovich

You can see the 200-foot tall Sombrero Tower from over a mile away as you cross the border on interstate 95 from North Carolina into South Carolina, but billboards have been announcing its sighting from as far away as Virginia. When you get closer you see Pedro, an almost 100-foot tall statue of a Mexican bandito and your host at South of the Border.

The War on Terror

The Field

BY Jeff Swensen

It was the stroke of violence there that brought terrorism to the front door of each home along every dirt road in Everywhere, America. “Flyover country” has its own Ground Zero.

ZIPCODE USA

46402 – Gary, Indiana

BY Pete Marovich

The brainchild of the Catholic Affairs Committee, the Knights of Columbus had planned to erect a series of large crucifixes throughout Lake County, Indiana. The crucifixes were described as memorials “to Americans who gave their lives in this country’s wars” and also “carry a religious message to the thousands of motorists who will pass by them” on US 20.

15641 – Parks Township, Pennsylvania

BY Justin Merriman

Billie Thompson wears her poodle skirt in her living room at her home in Parks Township, Pa. Thompson came of age in the 50’s and reminisced about clothing styles and the way of life back then. She always wanted a poodle skirt and never had one until she went on a cruise and made one for 50’s night.