What makes a civil rights lawyer quit her job to run a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich cafe? Emily Hunt Turner set up All Square in South Minneapolis whose motto is: ‘Don’t Judge, Just Eat’ and employs only people who have criminal records. I reported this story for the BBC’s Outlook.
When parents hire Shelly Mosman to photograph their children, they’re encouraged to bring an animal to the studio and leave the smiles behind. I produced this audio portrait of an unconventional photographer-for-hire whose storybook images reveal the menacing and moody side of childhood. (Photos: Shelly Mosman)
Composer Dameun Strange has loved opera ever since he was a little kid. For over 25 years, he struggled to compose an opera of his own. Now Strange has teamed up with other black artists to create a new opera about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother — Alberta. But writing the music wasn’t easy. I reported this story for KFAI’s Minneculture.
Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and yes, radio journalism. Last week, I received a first place Page One award for “How Black Lives Matter Got an Anthem,” which I reported and produced for KFAI’s Minneculture series and then later adapted for the BBC’s Cultural Frontline.
KFAI producers Will Wright and Melissa Olson (featured above), also received awards for their work here and here. Producing a radio story is hard. Many thanks to our editor Todd Melby for leading us through the swamp of unwieldy raw tape to produce something that sings. A special thanks to musician Jayanthi Kyle for sharing her story with me and KFAI’s listeners.
(Photo from left to right: Will Wright, Melissa Olson, and me. Photo credit: Reem El-Radi)
Ever since Prince died in 2016, people who knew him have come forward with personal stories about what the famously private star was actually like as a person. One of those people is Minneapolis musician Gary Hines. Hines remembers how Prince didn’t exactly keep 9 to 5 hours. I reported this story for KFAI in Minneapolis. (Photo Credit: Karl Demer, Atomic K Studios)