Clips


Investigations

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

2016 to 2017

A recurring feature series, with installments exploring particular dynamics around population growth in the Bozeman area, one of the fastest-growing micropolitan regions in the nation.

I've consistently been able to blend data-based reporting, narrative storytelling and a solutions focus, driving informed conversations on what's probably the highest-profile issue faced by the Chronicle's audience.

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Features

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

June 11, 2017

A reported feature with framed by personal narrative, exploring economic and cultural change in Montana's fastest-growing city.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Jan. 31, 2016

The opening piece in the 'How will we grow?' series, framing its focus and exploring one of the central contradictions behind the area's real estate boom: That the quintessentially Montanan desire to have a few acres of elbow room may end up dooming our open space to a future defined by rural sprawl.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

July 10, 2016

An effort to pin down the land use trade-offs the city faces as its planners, elected officials and citizens debate the merits and downsides of higher-intensity development. Also included a sidebar mapping relative lot sizes to estimate residential density in several of the city's neighborhoods.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

March 22, 2015

Back in the 1990s, Bozeman officials approved a high-end neighborhood adjacent to the then-operational municipal landfill. With the present-day city facing a wave of lawsuits over subsurface fumes seeping from the now-decommissioned facility, I dug through the project's public record to sort out what was considered - and what wasn't - as city planners reviewed the development, designed by a prominent local engineering firm.

Follow-up coverage included stories on a city-commissioned health study, the engineering firm denying responsibility, and a multi-million-dollar settlement.

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Web interactives

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

June 18, 2017

A interactive calculator using cost-of-living data from MIT to generate living wage estimates for a region with increasingly fraught concerns over housing affordability. Allows readers to toggle between estimates for different housing sizes, enter personalized costs and compare living wage estimates to local salary data.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Sept. 8, 2016

An interactive map allowing readers to explore neighborhood walkability by indicating a location in town and returning information on the distance to establishments like restaurants and grocery stores.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

June 20, 2016

An interactive using a sankey diagram to visualize money flowing through a proposed city budget from tax collections to spending areas like police, parks and infrastructure. Designed to highlight comparisons like the fraction of city revenue coming from property taxes, and the cost of infrastructure investments compared to other city services.

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Data journalism

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

June 5, 2016

A data-heavy feature aiming to round out a long-running local debate over whether population growth pays for itself in terms of property tax burden. I analyzed years of tax data and financial reports produced by the city, county and local school district, concluding that most city homeowners were seeing higher taxes despite an expanding tax base. I was also able to use property tax records to track down a bona fide median taxpayer for an interview.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Dec. 31, 2016

Faced with a bit of a slow news week at one point, I called (nearly) every bar in town to ask how much they were charging for a pint of my favorite microbrew, using the data to compile a beer price index. This piece is actually a repeat of the effort a year later - allowing longitudinal comparisons and a rough beer inflation estimate.

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Beat reporting

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Feb. 23, 2017

A particularly pricey home lot gave me an opportunity to take readers on a spin through the implications of a high-demand, limited-supply housing market in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, distilling several years' worth of beat expertise into a single 1,000-word article.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

May 14, 2017

An in-depth look at how a signature Bozeman planning effort fell short, creating a situation that may well have cost the city's top administrator his longtime job.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Sept. 11, 2016

Hoping to shush Friday-night revelers walking home through sleeping neighborhoods, the city neighborhood coordinator and a children's librarian set up a late-night lemonade stand. What could possibly go wrong - or, it turns out - right?

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Characters

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Nov. 21, 2016

A profile of a prominent Bozeman real estate developer whose efforts are nearly singlehandedly bringing more change to Downtown Bozeman's skyline than the city has seen since the late 1920s. Unsurprisingly, he's not universally loved.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

June 10, 2016

A feature obit on Don Frye Sr., who ran a pair of dive bars with his wife and sons for decades - and ended up beloved for it.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Aug. 15, 2015

Bozeman's college-town police blotter is an institution unto itself, but even by its standards the subject of this profile, 'Tinker' D'Harra, had an unusual run of encounters with law enforcement. It took me a couple days of looking, but I tracked him down for the back story - as he told it, at least.

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