The Boxing Champion Who Battles O.C.D.

Virginia "Ginny" Fuchs, captain of the U.S. Boxing Team, and an established boxing champion, was diagnosed with severe obsessive compulsive disorder about 20 years ago and continues to work through her OCD symptoms daily. She openly talks about what she faces in an article for The New York Times.

See more here, from The New York Times.

Restrictions on $2 Million Drug Highlight Challenge for Gene Therapies

Ciji Green kisses her daughter, Maisie Forrest, 19 months, at her home in Grand Junction, Colorado. Maisie has spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive disease tied to the lack of a crucial gene. Zolgensma, the world’s most expensive drug, could help her survive. The family was fundraising and fighting for access. Recently, their insurance company agreed to Zolgensma only after her family appealed.

See more here, from The Wall Street Journal.

These transgender soldiers are still allowed to serve. They want to prove their detractors wrong

Jordan Lively, a specialist in the US Army, obtained a diagnosis of gender dysphoria not long after the new policy’s imposed deadline to transition, hoping he could stay at his job without having to sacrifice his identity. Logan Ireland, a staff sergeant in the Air Force, and his wife Laila Ireland, an Army veteran, both transitioned while serving when it was against policy to do so. Under the current policy, preventing transgender people from joining the military unless they serve in the sex they were assigned at birth, Jordan Lively and Logan Ireland will both be able to continue serving. The updated policy affected roughly 14,700 transgender troops, and will continue to do so without the ban repealed.

See more here, from CNN.

White Lies - An Investigative Podcast From NPR


In 1965, Marie Reeb watched the evening news coverage of Bloody Sunday with her husband Jim Reeb. Jim, a white Unitarian minister, went to Selma to support the cause after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., called for clergy to come to Alabama. Jim was murdered soon after. His murder was never solved, even though it was at the center of the civil rights movement and a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act. The Reeb generations, seen here, an old photo of the family and Marie’s granddaughter, Leah Reeb Varela, photographed for NPR’s podcast White Lies, unraveling the story of Jim’s murder.

See more here, from NPR.

20 years after Columbine, former Principal Frank DeAngelis is still learning how to move on

20 years after the Columbine shooting, killing 12 students and one teacher, Frank DeAngelis finds himself still deeply linked to Columbine. DeAngelis, the former Columbine High School principal, was principal the day of the shooting in 1999, and retired in 2012. Frank’s role as a leader and supporter continues to this day. "Columbine offers hope," Frank told CNN. "And that's what I hope, 20 years later, that we're doing, that we're reaching out to other people -- the Parklands, the Santa Fes, the Sandy Hooks, the Virginia Techs." "I feel I was chosen to do that."

See more here, from CNN.

How the Trump Era Is Molding the Next Generation of Voters

Jaden Rams was photographed at a Trump event in Grand Junction, Colo., in October 2016. Jaden, now three years later, has shifted his political views after his experience on the high school debate team. “I got to be exposed to a lot of different points of view about how policy impacts people and what each side truly stands for, and that shifted me,” Jaden said. “Today he calls the presidential campaign and its aftermath ‘a travesty for American unity.’”

See more here, from The New York Times.

Denver mosque mourns victims of New Zealand attack

Community members gathered for prayer at the Masjid Abu Bakr Mosque on Friday in Denver. Interfaith groups joined together during prayer time to mourn the killing of 49 people at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in New Zealand.

See more here, from The Denver Post.

Transgender Troops Caught Between a Welcoming Military and a Hostile Government

Captain Alivia Stehlik is the physical therapist for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Following the Supreme Court's decision to allow President Donald Trump's transgender military ban to go into effect, Stehlik, a transgender woman, is hoping she can keep her job in the military. “This is home and this is family. They’re my people, and I think they need me as much as I want to be there for them,” Stehlik said.

See more here, from The New York Times.

A Swimmer Saved by What She Lost

Morgan Stickney had dreams of becoming an Olympian. However, after a foot injury that led to a series of surgeries and pain pills, she made the difficult decision to have her lower leg removed last spring. The new medical procedure had her leg amputated below the knee. Her amputation is designed to enhance the vitality and the possibilities for the portion of the limb that remains. She is now a member of the 2019 United States Paralympics Swimming National Team, and working to be part of the United States team for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

See more here, from The New York Times.

A Climber Still Seeking New Peaks Later in Life

Jamie Logan, an architect in Boulder, Colorado, is considered one of the pioneers in North American free climbing. At 71, she’s one of the oldest climbers in the country still tackling tough routes. “When I climb, my mind calms down and I can appreciate being in the moment,” she says. “You can’t think of anything else.” 

See more here, from The Wall Street Journal.

A congressman rails against undocumented immigrants as his estranged siblings care for them and other patients in need

Grace Gosar, co-medical director at the Downtown Clinic, which offers free health care to those without insurance, in Laramie, Wyo., listens to the heart of patient Carl Thayer during an exam in December. Grace, a 54-year-old mother of three, is battling ovarian cancer. She is also one of the Gosar siblings that put out an advertisement endorsing their brother’s opponent in Arizona. Her brother, Rep. Paul Gosar, won anyway. The Washington Post wrote an article on Grace and some of the Gosar siblings as they navigate familial and political ties.

See more here, from The Washington Post.

Trump Tariffs Pit Auto Companies Against Each Other

“Tariff-related costs are squeezing profits in the auto industry, and driving some companies to fight their partners over who pays. Clips & Clamps, a small Detroit-area parts maker with about 57 employees, was on pace to turn a profit this year, but rising materials costs have wiped out its margin.”

See more here, from The Wall Street Journal.

After Boston, Des Linden Tries to Conquer New York

“On a miserable day in Boston in April, Desiree Linden won a major marathon after a dozen years of trying.” She was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Her next major goal was the New York City Marathon, where she placed in 6th.

See more here, from The New York Times.

G.O.P. Candidates Struggling in Key Battlegrounds, With House at Stake

Michigan Democrats are preparing for the primaries with their “One Michigan Campaign” strategy aiming to unify citizens to vote Democrat in more than just the governor’s race. I photographed volunteers and Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic nominee for governor of Michigan, at a campaign office in Ann Arbor last week.

See more here, from The New York Times.

Beekeeping in The City

Detroit natives Timothy “Paule” Jackson and his partner Nicole Lindsey are co-founders of what they call “the nation’s first beekeeping co-working space,” which they have dubbed Detroit Hives. Their non-profit transforms vacant lots into bee farms. They are self-taught beekeepers, who grew their hives from 0 to 30 in a little over a year. 

"One thing that we love about our space is that it's more than just an apiary. It's more than just a bee farm; it's like a co-working space for the community and the bees. It teaches people how we can all co-exist. We can all get along. We like to share the community with the bees and the people as well," Jackson says.

See more here, from U.S. News & World Report.

Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym

Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym offers a space for Detroit youth to work out and train. It also serves as an after school program to tutor, encourage studying and teach life skills. The gym’s mantra is "Books Before Boxing."

"[I'm] just trying to put everybody on the right path, give everybody a safe place to go," the gym’s founder, Carlo "Khali" Sweeney said. 

Photographed for ESPN The Magazine.

She came out as transgender and got fired. Now her case might become a test for LGBT rights before the US Supreme Court.

Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director at R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, until she was fired two weeks after informing the funeral home’s owner that she is a transgender woman. Stephens filed charges and her case has since been heard by the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit Court ruled in her favor. However, now, lawyers representing the funeral home asked if the Supreme Court could take up the case.

See more here, from CNN.

Canada’s Auto Capital Caught in Crossfire of Trade Dispute

Detroit's border town of Windsor, Ontario “has tied its fortunes to the success of the U.S. car industry. Now with President Trump threatening to impose a hefty tariff on Canadian-made vehicles and auto parts, residents and business owners are worried those ties, already strained by steel tariffs from both sides of the border, could soon be ruptured.”

See more here, from The Wall Street Journal.