Special Projects Manager Reel

A sampling of promotable stories that were overseen during the editorial, production and promotion steps during sweeps and other special campaigns. 

Andrea Yates

May 2017

In the nearly 16 years since she drowned her five children in a  bathtub, Clear Lake mother Andrea Yates has spent most of her days in a state hospital. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, her treatment is to work through her severe psychosis until she is well enough to leave the low security facility and re-enter the community. Now, we go inside to find  out her chance of ever getting out --or if she wants out at all.

The Children Caught in the Middle

May 2017 

There's no doubt immigration remains a hot topic, with many  undocumented immigrants living in fear, wondering if they will be the  next to be deported. Caught in the middle are the young Americans who  have no say-so, forced to start a new chapter in a country where they don't know the language or the customs when their parents are sent back  to Mexico.

Minorities Bid to Build the Wall

May 2017 

Plans to build President Trump's border wall are already underway.  The Department of Homeland Security has set aside $20 million to fund  prototypes for the wall. The Feds asked companies to submit proposals  for prototypes and got a big response --with more than 140 Texas  companies throwing their hat into the ring. From minority-owned to major  corporations, we're learning why companies form Houston down to McAllen  are bidding to build at the border.

When Miracles Happen

February 2017 

He wasn't expected to live more than a few weeks. Yet, just a few days after arriving to the Texas Medical Center, doctors realized he was  conscious despite the injuries he suffered in a targeted ambush on  police. We were there with him for a day in his life --hours upon hours  of therapy intended to help this officer regain his quality of life and  independence. And his progress is something of a miracle.

A Blessing in Disguise

November 2016 

This month marks the 7th anniversary of the shooting at the Fort Hood  Army Base where 13 people were killed and another two dozen were  injured with an army psychiatrist opened fire on the Texas base. Now,  we're hearing the remarkable story of a survivor --a Houston woman at  Fort Hood only a few days, on her way to duty in Iraq, waylaid by three  bullets. In a story of tragedy, fate and healing, why she survived may be the biggest miracle of all.

The King of Queens

May 2016

Behind so many of Texas' beauty queens is a king of pageant coaches. Meet J.J. Smith. He's Houston's other winning J.J. Now, he's sharing his secrets to success and what's made him the crowned king of queens. 

Cash for the Comfort of a Cuddle

March 2017 

Ask yourself, would you spoon with a complete stranger? Meet a local woman making a living this way, cuddling for cash! And before you judge, consider the all important power of human touch.

Explosive Excitement Makes for Ultimate Dude Gift

December 2016 

Take a step back in time with the help of a Green Beret to an 18,000  acre Uvalde ranch, the home of a living military museum and the only  place in the world where you can drive a tank and blow things up without  having to enlist.

Special Projects Producer & Multimedia Journalist Reel

Examples of shooting, writing and editing special projects. Stories were part of an "active anchor" initiative to bring news anchors out of from behind the news desk and into the field. 

Where the Jobs Are

November 2015

Rhode Island still has the highest jobless rate in New England. However, there are actually a lot of open jobs in the Ocean State --many that don't require advanced degrees. Now, we're getting a first hand look at one booming industry and what's being done to fill the job openings.

The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez

November 2013

Once a red hot pro-athlete, now an accused murderer. Now, we take you to Aaron Hernandez’s hometown, tracking down friends, family and former teammates as we try to figure out how his bright future was sidetracked  by the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd.

Sex Trafficking Survival

November 2014

It’s a side of the sex trade we rarely see. A woman, lured into the world of commercial sexual exploitation as a teenager, now shares her story in the hope that it will help others.

Below the Surface

July 2014

They’re popular swimming spots, but all too often a quick cool down in a  quarry can turn deadly. It’s a nightmarish scenario for rescue crews  sent to recover victims. We got exclusive access with the Rhode Island  state police dive team at a local quarry to show you what is actually below the surface and why police are urging everyone to stay away.

Ticket to Ride

May 2015 

So just who would be willing to say goodbye to Earth for good? As it  turns out, there are several volunteers willing to train as astronauts  for a one-way trip to Mars --with no coming back. We caught up with two New Englanders hoping to colonize the Red Planet.

Tracking Terror

May 2015 

It's something the FBI director calls a potential threat in  everyone's backyard --homegrown, violent extremism. Now, we sit down with both the FBI and Rhode Island State Police to find out how the two  are working together to fight terrorism and detect threats in every  community.

Exposing a Driving Danger

April 2015 

By Rhode Island law you're required to change lanes --or at least  slow down--when you see state police, a tow truck or Department of  Transportation vehicle pulled over with their lights on. However, that's not happening all that often. We've found hundreds of drivers are  speeding pass these emergency vehicles violating the Move Over law.

War Gear

November 2014

It’s an issue that’s gained national attention in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Now, we’re learning how much surplus military equipment is in Rhode Island. We dug through data from the federal  government to uncover which police departments have it and how they’re using it.