The Philadelphia Inquirer

News Features Intern: June 2019 – August 2019

At the Inquirer, I'm at the news features desk, covering the people, places, and moments that make up Philadelphia and the broader region. While I'm covering a variety of topics, I've focused in occasionally on recent immigration activism and related protests.

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A selection from my reporting

With two boardwalk icons celebrating anniversaries in the Wildwoods, a new ride honors the past (July 16, 2019)

It’s not a smooth ride. The seats bump up and down when the yellow Sightseer tram car travels along the paved track, and one can hear the whine and whirr of the motor that almost drowns out the clamor of the boardwalk.

Then the train slows and another family boards — moms, dads, kids in bathing suits and T-shirts. Over the din, bits of recorded announcements rise: “Everything $5!” and “Cherry, bluuuue raspberry.”

This summer, the Wildwoods’ iconic boardwalk tram celebrates its 70th anniversary. Its neighbor, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, marks a more modest half-century. To honor both anniversaries, Morey’s is introducing a slightly delayed, $4 million homage to the 1949 Sightseer called the Runaway Tram, a smiling yellow roller coaster that travels a 922-foot twisting, soaring, and plunging track.

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Protesters in Philly march against Trump ‘concentration camps’ for migrants (July 12, 2019)

co-written with Jeff Gammage

Hundreds of chanting, cheering demonstrators shut down parts of Center City to traffic Friday as they joined in a day-long, international protest against the Trump administration’s treatment of undocumented migrants.

More “Lights for Liberty” protests and vigils were scheduled into the night across the Philadelphia region — less than 48 hours before the administration reportedly will begin a nationwide roundup of migrants.

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What’s up with the I-95 overcap park? (June 24, 2019)

The opening of I-95 in Philadelphia 40 years ago cut the city’s waterfront neighborhoods off from their source. For more than a decade, the city has been planning a fix: a new park at Penn’s Landing that would cap a stretch of the highway and again connect Old City with the Delaware River.

How’s it going?

That essentially was the question posted to Curious Philly, a forum where readers can tell our journalists what they’re wondering about. A reader asked: “What’s going on with the Penn’s Landing overcap park? Is it progressing? Is it on schedule?”

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