David Waters, Commercial Appeal

David Waters

Commercial Appeal

Memphis, TN, United States

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Past articles by David:

Farewell, 495 Union. Thanks for the memories.

The city's oldest and only daily newspaper, is moving back Downtown, where it was produced at various locations from 1841 until it left the corner of Second and Court in 1933. → Read More

A farewell column from the last copy clerk

After 35 years as a reporter, editor and columnist, I'm leaving The Commercial Appeal before they close the building around me. → Read More

History finds another new home for Old Betsy

Finding a new home for Old Betsy, a 19th-Century printing press, and other artifacts of The Commercial Appeal's 87 years at 495 Union. → Read More

Healing Memphis one reenactment at a time

Celebrating 10 years of Playback Memphis, an improvisational theater company and improbable community therapy program. → Read More

Absurd new state law asks local officials to break law

In an absurd twist, Tennessee legislators are threatening to punish Shelby County economically if the county fails to violate the U.S. Constitution. → Read More

Waters | Memphis bus station is a temporary shelter for asylum seekers

Five times a day, even on Christmas Day, a small group of Memphians greet dozens of Central American asylum seekers at the bus station to offer them food, warmer clothing and temporary shelter. → Read More

A yearlong project on 1968 ends in Memphis, a city still grappling the year's trauma

Memphis was deeply wounded by the traumatic events of 1968. The city still works hard to overcome those scars. → Read More

The economic hopes — and the scars — of 1968 still show in Memphis

As the city's 2018 commemoration of MLK50 winds down, local leaders are working more earnestly than ever to apply the lessons of 1968. → Read More

The power couple working to empower Memphis out of poverty

Faith in Memphis column about Eric and Lori Robertson and the impact they and their organizations will have on Memphis. → Read More

Waters | Asylum seekers finding Memphis hospitality

Hundreds of Memphians are providing food, clothing to migrants at local bus station; meanwhile, one Memphian has joined the migrant caravan in Mexico. → Read More

Waters| Real fear and fake fear in Tennessee's elections

How did Tennessee turn from a moderate purple state to a deep red in a dozen years? Fear happened. Real fear and fake fear. → Read More

Voting for our faith in democracy, not our fears

As political leaders and ads stoke voter fears, young people are showing their faith in democracy and exercising their right and responsibility to vote. → Read More

Waters | New U.S. citizens now worry about their U.S.-born kids

Mauricio and Yancy Calvo have spent a quarter of a century earning their U.S. citizenship, but now President Trump's latest edict has them worried about their American-born children. → Read More

Synagogue shooting mourners turn to Psalms, each other

People of all faiths in Memphis gathered Sunday evening at the Jewish Community Center in mourning and solidarity for the victims of the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh. → Read More

Waters | Educator learns to face our history and his own

After his sister was killed in a crossfire shooting, Steve Becton lost faith in his fellow Memphians, but that changed after he found Facing History and Ourselves. → Read More

When common sense rules, sanity and justice prevail

For several days last week, reason ruled our criminal justice system as simple policy changes unclogged court dockets and uncomplicated lives. → Read More

Public officials commit to most of MICAH's equity agenda

Lee Harris, Floyd Bonner, Karl Dean. Phil Bredesen MICAH and representatives of Jim Strickland, Michael Rallings and Bill Lee verbally agreed to more equitable public policies. → Read More

Memphis interfaith coalition begins push for racial and economic fairness

MICAH — a group of nearly 40 congregations and nonprofits — will ask public officials Sunday in Memphis to support its economic, education and immigration "equity" platform. → Read More

Waters | Dark money ads promote cynicism, division, not 'social welfare'

The noxious ads in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race funded by "social welfare" nonprofits "to further the common good and general welfare of the people" are doing just the opposite. → Read More

Radio's Henry Nelson answers call to kids in Binghampton

Henry Nelson, longtime Memphis radio personality, hears call to work with struggling kids in Binghampton, a distressed neighborhood he often visited as a struggling kid. → Read More