Bothur puts her heart into Kidney Walk
I remember running with a tip about this story that seemed pretty vague. In the end I found a great story of kindness, giving and a reason behind one of the awareness walks people often overlook.
Alleged murder pleads not guilty
This case was pretty insane, considering the small community where it happened. I got the invaluable lesson of building sources and talking to people to get information so they would go on the record. I didn’t get some of the neighbors to say anything until the follow up story below, but I did eventually get them to speak.
If you can’t tell by my clips, I love telling stories like this. Here you have a woman and a young lady tied by this artificial bond through a program that means so much. Paula and Alysha genuinely loved each other and it was obvious. What was also obvious was the fact that it doesn’t take extreme circumstances for children to need an extra adult or two to get them through adolescence.
Ullman, 32, denies abuse, rape claimMy summer of covering crime in Oldham County peaked with this story. Ricky Ullman gave me an interview from jail, which he did with TV news, but nowhere near as in depth. I got a good story out of it and also got to see how the criminal justice system works in a small towns.
One of the really cool things about a local newspaper is you get to really cover the people in the area. For this story I got to do an obituary on a recently deceased long time councilman and talk to the people who knew him, so it wasn’t a canned obituary that just talked about the basics. From there I got to see that Mike Scott was a good man and show how he took his genuine spirit to his public service.