Tiffany Stevens, Columbia Journalism Review

Tiffany Stevens

Columbia Journalism Review

Roanoke, VA, United States

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Past articles by Tiffany:

Maryland journalists challenge ban on broadcasting criminal court procedures

For Baltimore-based independent journalist Amelia McDonell-Parry, the Baltimore City courtroom audio captured during Keith Davis Jr.’s previous trials isn’t just a series of recordings. It’s the key to helping audiences understand why Davis, who was shot by Baltimore police in 2015 after he was wrongfully identified as a robbery suspect, is being tried yet again […] → Read More

How major storms alter the local news landscape

Two days before Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Florida, Justin Kiefer’s wife and their two sons headed for Nashville, Tennessee. Kiefer, who was chief meteorologist for Panama City station WMBB-TV, stayed to cover the storm. He and his family had weathered minor hurricanes and tropical storms during his career, but Hurricane Michael was different. The […] → Read More

One way to improve coverage of the US-Mexico border? Move there.

In January 2018, Los Angeles Times Houston bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske proposed that she and a photojournalist move close to the US-Mexico border. Hennessy-Fiske, who has lived in the Lone Star State for eight years, suggested the project because she wanted to hone in on the Rio Grande Valley—an area in south Texas where the […] → Read More

How independent journalists are covering more than just ‘the amount of rust’ in America’s overlooked regions –

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'It doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It just hasn’t been discovered': Reporters spend years chasing down Catholic sex scandals

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Anticipating the daily traumas of local reporting

In 2016, York Daily Record photographer Jason Plotkin saw a man throwing furniture out of the third-floor window of a house that had recently burned. When he entered the home to document the scene, he encountered a large hole in the floor that led to a two-story drop. Plotkin used the stair railing to climb […] → Read More

Two makeshift Virginia podcasts find freedom on a shoestring budget

AFTER THE ROANOKE TIMES released its new podcast, Septic, reporters Jacob Demmitt and Robby Korth braced themselves for negative comments. The series was the Southwest Virginia newspaper’s first attempt at a narrative podcast, created on a nearly non-existent budget. It was also Korth and Demmitt’s attempt to set the record straight on a criminal case that sparked […] → Read More

‘A Growing Movement’: Coalitions Are Expanding Legal Services for Appalachian Victims of Domestic Violence

Survivors in Appalachia face sizeable obstacles to leaving. Rural abusers are more likely to use weapons; intimate partner violence is more likely to end in homicide. Shelters and health centers can be impossible to reach. → Read More

Local reporters in Puerto Rico ‘forge ahead’ through wreckage

When El Nuevo Día reporter Benjamín Torres Gotay came to a remote neighborhood in western Puerto Rico nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria, some residents thought he was with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Help, they hoped, had finally arrived. The Category 4 hurricane, which lashed the island with 150 mph winds and claimed more […] → Read More

Roanoke man dies after vehicle rolls down embankment on U.S. 220

A 27-year-old Roanoke man was killed Thursday evening after the vehicle he was driving rolled down an embankment on U.S. 220, according to a Roanoke police official. → Read More

Man charged in Salem shooting

A 49-year-old Salem man was charged with aggravated malicious wounding Thursday night after he was accused of shooting a man several times on Chestnut Street, according to a Salem police release. → Read More

Wreck closes all lanes on U.S. 220 near Rocky Mount

All north and southbound lanes on U.S. 220 are closed near Rocky Mount in Franklin County after a wreck happened near Bonbrook Mill Road, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation's website. → Read More

Person taken to hospital after wreck involving Valley Metro bus in Salem

One person was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a vehicle and a Valley Metro bus collided at the intersection of Roanoke Boulevard and Electric Road in Salem, a city official said. → Read More

Suspect in fatal I-581 crash thought she hit a deer, search warrant says

A woman questioned about a fatal hit-and-run on Interstate 581 told state police she thought she hit a deer while driving back from Valley View Mall, according to a search warrant filed in Roanoke County Circuit Court. → Read More

Tractor-trailer wreck closes all lanes on I-81 in Roanoke County

A wreck involving a tractor-trailer has closed all northbound and southbound lanes on Interstate 81 at mile marker 139.7 in Roanoke County, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation's website. → Read More

Shots fired in Smokey Bones parking lot after altercation inside restaurant

Several gunshots were fired in the parking lot of Smokey Bones at Valley View on Saturday morning after an altercation inside the restaurant, according to a Roanoke police press release. → Read More

Gathright Dam operators begin controlled release of flood waters

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a controlled release Saturday morning of some of the water accumulated at Lake Moomaw after torrential rain caused widespread flooding in Alleghany and Botetourt counties Friday, according a press release. → Read More

Liberty Pines Apartments fire displaces at least 10 residents

At least 10 people are seeking assistance from The American Red Cross after a fire Saturday morning at Liberty Pines Apartments, according to a Roanoke Fire-EMS press release. → Read More

Former Roanoke County substitute teacher charged with assaulting student

A former substitute teacher with Roanoke County Public Schools has been charged with one count of assault and battery of a minor after he was accused of inappropriately touching a student, according to a joint release from the school system and Roanoke County police. → Read More

Annual crime stats show drop in Roanoke, slight increase in Roanoke County, Salem

Salem and Roanoke County saw a slight increase in reported crimes between 2014 and 2015, while the number of crimes reported in Roanoke continued to decrease, according to Virginia State Police's annual report of crime statistics. → Read More