More borrowers facing barriers

First assignment as the new real estate reporter? Explain subprime lending. This story, published March 23, 2007, in the Omaha World-Herald, was the first of many that tried to explain how changes on Wall Street were trickling down to Main Street. Advertisements

SLAM group wants to enhance music scene

Before there was Facebook, an Omaha-based website called SLAM (Support Local Art and Music) showed the power of social networking. This article, published in the Omaha World-Herald on Aug. 5, 2001, explores the phenomenon that connected local music fans online and in person. “SLAM users admit to addiction” is a sidebar that provides more insight. (It also … Continue reading

Mama’s last call

A 56-year-old bartender is forced to retire after 30 years at a legendary Omaha live music venue that would be torn down to make way for a Walmart. “Mama’s Last Call” ran in the Omaha World-Herald on May 8 — Mother’s Day — in 2005. Mama’s Last Call For 30 years, Ranch Bowl bartender Amal Sawaged … Continue reading

A generation’s innocence dies

The Sept. 11th terrorist attacks were a defining moment for a generation. This story, published in the Omaha World-Herald on Sept. 13, 2001, recorded the raw reactions of Omahans at the intersection of adolescence and adulthood. A generation’s innocence dies: For a generation at a critical point in shaping its view of itself and the … Continue reading