Work samples

Below is a bit of what I feel is some of my best work in writing and photography. I do have other work on file and will provide it upon request. Click on the name of each item to see more.

Written reporting

Dying to live

Cory Kaminsky is raising a newborn son he may not live to see graduate high school and in this 2019 award-winning piece, I chronicled his journey to raise more than $60,000 for medical care in the United States.

Spruce Grove refugee recalls flight from war in Africa

Patrick Kizehe ran for his life to come to Canada. This story is written with a WSJ structure and shares the story of a refugee who came to Canada after war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was profiled in the wake of a new refugee assistance centre starting in the community. 

Tri-Region students walkout to protest UCP plans for GSA’s

More than 200 students in the Tri-Region have formed one unified voice with students across Alberta to protest proposed changes to Bill-24 and the School Act. In this piece I reported on the Alberta-wide protests that occurred in May 2019 against plans by the United Conservative Party government to change law surrounding gay-straight alliances in public and private schools. I did this with a peer who took pictures and we ran a joint byline.

Spruce Grove mother and daughter reeling from loss of home

For Michele and Alexis Shemluk, Jan. 29 is a day where their things burned but one where the community came out to smother away the loss of their possessions. Being in a community paper means one has to chronicle devastating losses. This was one of them about a pair who barely escaped a home-ruining fire. 

Gresham’s past stays on track

For those looking to Shawano County’s past for an afternoon of entertainment on a weekend, the Gresham Depot Museum has a diverse display of items from bygone times. This was a short profile I wrote on a lesser-known and not as well-visited community museum in a small Wisconsin town. I think it worked well. 

Gallagher moves to partially ban political fundraising

U.S. Rep. Michael Gallagher, R-Wis., has spoken his mind on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, the freshman congressman is going his own way on campaign finance. With this story, I spoke to a U.S. Congressman on his legislation and asked him challenging questions. I can handle interviewing officials who may be seen by others as likely to dodge questions. 

Northwoods Transit Connections expands under cloud of controversy

On Nov. 17, The Lakeland Times reported on a proposed pilot transportation route for residents of the Minocqua and Woodruff areas which would see individuals transported to Minocqua Winter Park in order to ski and use the facilities at the wooded site. In this piece, I did a bit of investigating and uncovered unintentional misconduct at a government organization which used loopholes to get ahead of private business and didn’t follow rules set by the state. 

Evan J. Pretzer: Border restrictions shouldn’t get in the way of true love 

I never thought for much of my life in Canada that my path to true love would end in America. These days, most people, in Canada and elsewhere, typically marry someone who is already a citizen of the country they live in. This item was my first-ever nationally published article. I wrote about how hard it is to be a bi-national couple during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COLUMN: Is no one allowed to grow up anymore?

As my colleague here put it in his column last week, “I am outraged over all the outrage.” Right now, I slightly feel the same about the UCP’s Jason Kenney. In this item, I penned an argument saying that, while his comments on gay rights from the ’80s were horrifying, his actions since show significant change and people should still be allowed to go and mature. 

Forget physical fitness

In recent reports – and at times, during the course of the 2016 election – greater public scrutiny has been drawn towards the diet of President Donald Trump. One need not look far to find articles in publications like The New York Times and The Hill detailing his rabid fascination with fast food and readers expressing amazement it hasn’t killed him. To this I say the following, who cares? In another piece related to President Trump, I argue this, why does his health matter? For any elected person, we should be demanding information about the health of their mind. That is more important. 

Photography

Samples of some of my pictures I have taken. All of these are a mixture of mobile shots and some digital camera work. 

 


 

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