The unexpectedness of how a reporter's day goes is the nature of the crime beat. It was among the first things I learned on my first journalism job, and holds true 17 years later.
How crucial are expert testimonies in a trial? I began pondering this last week while covering the trial of a man accused of strangling his girlfriend. It was the fourth murder trial I’ve covered, and the other ones all ended in convictions.
Thursday, Aug. 31, will mark the fourth year since a woman’s body was discovered in a wooded area a few miles from Mount Rushmore. Investigators are still trying to determine how she died, and if she was killed.
Seeing the rocks on the Chicago Tribune Tower walls reminded me of the days when major U.S. newspapers had bureaus around the world, and when even mid-sized papers could afford to send reporters around the country.
I was surprised to hear that the man offered to talk about his son, who had been shot dead by police in April. His son, the man said, had been suffering from bipolar disorder when he pointed a gun at police and threatened a mass shooting.
Once in a while, I read about a crime report that makes me marvel at the absurdity of the situation.
Violent crimes against children are the most difficult stories to cover, and I started doing this a decade and a half ago.
An old courthouse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s biggest city, made me realize how much things change yet also stay the same.
Smith was on trial for attempted murder, aggravated assault and a firearm offense after shooting another man outside a South Dakota strip club. Smith claimed self-defense, saying the man had called him by the N-word, punched him and threatened to hang him.