Writing

National Women’s Soccer League continues to rely on unpaid amateur players 

The Oregonian, March 18, 2016

Despite receiving no compensation, dozens of amateur players have trained and competed for teams across the National Women’s Soccer League over the last three years in hopes of honing their skills and ultimately signing professional contracts. These amateur athletes are critical to the NWSL, which needs these players to fill in when international stars leave the league to represent their national teams.

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With mother’s encouragement, Alvas Powell overcomes humble beginnings to rise to prominence with Portland Timbers

The Oregonian, June 29, 2015

Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell grew up in poverty in Jamaica. But with his mother’s encouragement, Powell overcame the odds to earn a contract with the Portland Timbers in MLS.

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Diego Valeri here to stay: Portland Timbers gifted midfielder finds refuge in the Rose City

The Oregonian, October 9, 2014

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri decided to leave his home country of Argentina after being robbed at gunpoint with his wife and daughter. Since coming to the United States, Valeri and his family have grown to embrace Portland as their home.

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Portland Thorns gritty midfielder Meleana Shim takes the long road home to Portland

The Oregonian, March 27, 2014

Portland Thorns midfielder Meleana Shim has found a home in Portland and was forced to question her career when she was drafted by the Houston Dash in the 2014 expansion draft.

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Portland Timbers’ modest Darlington Nagbe enjoys breakout season, but doesn’t let soccer define him

The Oregonian, October 2, 2013

Portland Timbers forward Darlington Nagbe is having a breakout season with the Timbers this year. But soccer is only one facet of his life that has been defined much more by his values and upbringing.

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Changeup

Pomona College Alumni Magazine, June 26, 2013

In no other sport besides softball do the rules of the game — and the experience of playing — change so drastically after college.

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Multiple concussions have changed the life of one California teen

Sports Illustrated, June 6, 2013

Sammy Barish is one of numerous high school female athletes who have suffered multiple concussions. Her family has dealt with the difficult decision of whether to let their daughter keep playing.

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Battle to Save City College Divides Teachers and Administration

Mission Local, December 14, 2012

Teachers, students, and staff that fought for Proposition A, a parcel tax touted as the tax that would “Save City College” speak out against the administration’s quiet proposal to use Prop A funds for accreditation expenses, rather than to save jobs and classes.

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Sandra Day O’Connor defends John Roberts’ healthcare ruling

The Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2012

Sandra Day O’Connor may have retired from the Supreme Court, but she’s continued to be very active in her retirement. Speaking at a congressional hearing, O’Connor discussed John Roberts’ healthcare ruling.

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Military sex assault victims’ PTSD claims neglected, panel told

The Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2012

Military victims of sexual assault call on Congress to ensure that victims receive disability benefits.

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House Republicans consider prosecuting reporters over leaks

The Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2012

Following a number of highly publicized security leaks, House Republicans debates the scope of the First Amendment questioning whether they could prosecute journalists for publishing leaked information.

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High-speed rail may not spark old California magic

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 1, 2012

California’s high-speed rail plan may never get off the drawing board.

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GOP Struggles to Lure Latino Voters

New America Media, March 14, 2012

If Republicans want to court a growing population of Latino voters, they must address the issue of immigration.

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Maximum Capacity Means Nada at Popular Bars

Mission Local, March 2, 2012

Bars in San Francisco’s Mission District regularly ignore their maximum capacity requirement and allow patrons inside until the bar is full. And the San Francisco Fire Department doesn’t monitor these bars.

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Odd Buildings: A Hidden Charity on 23rd Street

Mission Local, December 29, 2011

The Mission is full of mysterious buildings. Inside one of these buildings lives a quiet charitable organization with a colorful history dating back to the late to the communes in San Francisco in the 1960s and ’70s.

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When the Holidays Don’t Come

Mission Local, December 23, 2011

As residents and tourists flock to the malls to finish their last-minute shopping the week before Christmas, the 6,455 homeless people in San Francisco — based on a conservative estimate by the city — can’t afford the holiday glitz and gifts.

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Got Trash? City Relies on Education to Sort It

Mission Local, November 21, 2011

San Francisco requires all residents to recycle and compost. But, without regulation, many residents just ignore the law.

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes attendance surges in wake of Portland Beavers’ departure

The Oregonian, July 4, 2011

The Triple A Portland Beavers left a gaping void for many Portland baseball fans when they left after the 2010 season. And some fans have turned to the next closest baseball option: the short-season, single A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

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The athlete’s anxiety: Marin sports psychologists tackle the treatable problem of performance-inhibiting nervousness

The Marin Independent Journal, August 8, 2010

Athletes who suffer from sport anxiety sometimes lose the ability to compete. But with sports psychology, there is hope. This article placed second in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

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