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A ski resort, a dream and greed: How a $350M fraud happened in Vermont’s poorest region

April McCullum and Dan D'Ambrosio for Burlington Free Press, 2020


Led a team, including reporters, a data journalist, editors and digital producers, in reporting and delivering this expansive investigation into how the largest fraud in Vermont happened. This multi-part series won a 2021 Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper & Press Association. The judges wrote: "The Free Press journalists presented a compelling read, using thorough research to piece together a massive fraud story."

What visiting struggling rural schools across the US taught us about saving Vermont towns

April McCullum for Burlington Free Press, 2019


Successfully connected the project with grant funding and served as advising editor for this project that explored how small communities are holding together after school closures. The effort won a USA Today Network quarterly award in 2019.

Was Afghanistan worth it? Vermont soldiers on fighting a war that's 'never gonna be over'

Ryan Mercer for Burlington Free Press, 2019


Served as editor of a short documentary film that depicted the struggles of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, including the threat of suicide and doubts about the purpose of their sacrifice. This project won a USA Today Network quarterly award and judges wrote: "Its critique of military and political leadership, patched together from several voices, is powerful."

Domestic violence: Police failed to ask 11 questions that might have saved Anako Lumumba

Elizabeth Murray and Jess Aloe for Burlington Free Press, 2018


Served as editor of an investigative series that looked into the systemic failures that prevented domestic abusers from being stopped. This article, which was the central to the series, won Vermont Press Association's Best Local News Story. 

Regional Edward R. Murrow Award continuing coverage winner

Burlington Free Press, 2018


Led the team that produced a series of videos titled "Do homeless have a right to live on public land?" that chronicle the eviction of homeless campers from a wooded area owned by the City of Burlington. 

Teen speaks about friend accused of mass shooting plot

Burlington Free Press and Poughkeepsie Journal staffs, 2018


Initiated and directed collaboration between newsrooms when I uncovered the identity of a 17-year-old from Poughkeepsie, New York, who was responsible for alerting police to an alleged school shooting plot in Vermont. The coverage resonated with local audiences and garnered national attention when USA Today and CBS News picked up the story.

Portrait of a controversial homeless camp & its residents

Ryan Mercer for Burlington Free Press, 2017

Served as coach and editor in creating this video series that let viewers understand more about the people and places at the heart of a public policy battle. The series won a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the continuing-coverage category and first place in the USA Today Network's quarterly awards and third place in the annual competition.

Leased-land homeowners left in financial wreckage

Joel Banner Baird for Burlington Free Press, 2017


Worked start to finish with the reporter to develop a series about the demise of a neighborhood built on leased land. This story won Vermont Press Association's Best Local News Story.

Man with felony convictions finds work, redemption

Dan D'Ambrosio for Burlington Free Press, 2015


Assigned, guided and edited this story about a man who found a job and community at a soap factory after many years of incarceration. This story won Vermont Press Association's Best Feature Writing Award.

A band adjusts to lead singer's transition

Brent Hallenbeck for Burlington Free Press, 2014


Served as the main editor of this story about the evolution of a band whose lead singer changed genders. The story won a Best of Gannett award for feature writing.

An intimate look at life on the organ donor list

April Burbank and Emily McManamy for the Free Press, 2013


Assigned and guided this story about a Vermont woman's wait on the organ transplant list. Coordinated story development with the visuals department. The video produced with this story was honored as a finalist in the National Press Photographers Association annual Best of Photojournalism contest for In-Depth Video Reporting.

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