Maria Clark, The Leaf-Chronicle

Maria Clark

The Leaf-Chronicle

New Orleans, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Maria:

These ghost stories, haunted destinations in the South are perfect for Halloween

The South is home to some of the most notoriously haunted cities in the U.S. In this story, tour guides share tales of well-known haunted sites. → Read More

Between Ida and COVID, Louisiana schools face challenging road to reopen

Communities devastated by Hurricane Ida face a complex road to reopen their schools amid the ongoing pandemic. → Read More

Why recovery from long COVID is a complex challenge for patients in the South

While most people who contract COVID-19 are able to recover within weeks, some people continue to have symptoms months later. → Read More

Temporary shelter has been hard to come by for many Louisianians after Hurricane Ida

Temporary shelter has been hard to come by for many who lost their homes in Hurricane Ida, the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana since the 1850s → Read More

How mutual aid groups mobilized aid during a pandemic and destructive hurricane season

Mutual aid efforts have a long history especially among communities of color. This effort has gained renewed prominence during pandemic, active hurricane season. → Read More

Louisiana hospitals prepare as Hurricane Ida approaches coastline

Louisiana hospitals still in the midst of fighting a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases are now preparing for Hurricane Ida. → Read More

Hurricane Ida evacuations in Louisiana: What we know about recommended, mandatory orders

Here is what we know about Hurricane Ida mandatory, recommended evacuations for Louisiana and New Orleans. → Read More

How schools across Louisiana are addressing mental health concerns after years of counselor shortages

As a new year begins, Louisiana school districts are looking at ways to address the emotional and social needs of students that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Louisiana hospitals face staff shortages as COVID-19 cases soar

Louisiana hospitals are struggling to keep up with patient care as COVID-19 cases soar and staffing issues persist. → Read More

As schools reopen, fight continues to increase teen COVID-19 vaccinations

States struggling with vaccine hesitancy are fighting to increase vaccinations among young people as schools reopen amid a surge of new COVID cases. → Read More

LGBTQ inclusive insurance protections expand in Blue Cross NC case

More private insurers are expanding coverage of transition-related care. But some states ban this care in state health plans offered to employees. → Read More

Low vaccination rates, Delta variant fuel surge in new COVID-19 cases across the South

Low vaccination rates have helped fuel the surge of new COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant across the South. → Read More

How the New Orleans tourism industry perpetuates its glaring racial wealth gap

Hospitality workers are the engine that drives the $10 billion tourism economy in New Orleans. So why don't these workers make a living wage? → Read More

Preserving the hidden folk art spaces tucked away in the rural South

Using found materials and lots of creativity, untrained artists across the South create artistic masterpieces in their home environments. → Read More

Marijuana reform is slowly taking shape in the South, after years in the making

Marijuana reform has been slow to take shape in the South. But several states have approved progressive laws - Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi. → Read More

5 unusual and unexpected places to explore in the South

Explore some quirky, off the beaten path destinations that make the South interesting and unique. → Read More

National Park Service project documents existing sharecropper, slave dwellings in the South

Preservation experts with the National Park Service are creating a digital database of existing sharecropper and slave dwellings across the Southeast. → Read More

Year of distance learning spotlights need for better language access in schools

Distance learning presented unique challenges for families this year. In non-English speaking households, it pressed the need for language access → Read More

The captivating, twirling, spinning wind machines in Wilson's Whirligig Park

Vollis Simpson never considered himself an artist. But his unique wind-powered whirligigs continue to draw visitors to Wilson, North Carolina. → Read More

The battle to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Louisiana pushes creativity in New Orleans

From laundromats to soccer games, health workers target a variety of settings and approaches to reach people as vaccination rates slow in Louisiana. → Read More