Breaking news: Ebola crisis, gun violence and severe weather

This page features some of the breaking news work I’ve done with The Associated Press in Atlanta. Our bureaus frequently team up on large stories, and I’ve worked quickly to produce detailed day one text stories while sending photos and videos.

After Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia’s coast in October of 2016, I focused on interviewing people cleaning up the damage. Karen Cribbs recounted the collapse of a large tree that landed on her home, trapping Cribbs and her husband for hours. The AP story leads:

Karen Cribbs and her husband felt fortunate to escape with their life after being trapped inside a battered southeastern Georgia home during Hurricane Matthew.

While standing outside their home in Savannah on Sunday morning, Cribbs stared at the tree that crashed through the house’s roof and front door. She and her husband, Wilbur, 60, were trapped for hours.

“We have life,” Karen Cribbs, 59, said calmly, then pointed toward the house. “That can be replaced.”

I wrote this deadline story following a media event with an American doctor who had been infected with Ebola while working in Liberia and was transported urgently to Emory University in Atlanta for treatment.

The story begins:

Calling it a “miraculous day,” an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

In 2015, a gunman opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater and killed two young women. Reporter Mike Kunzelman interviewed friends while I called, emailed and messaged others who wanted to share memories. Our story was updated throughout the day:

“They had a face, they had a name. They had a future. It wasn’t to die in this theater,” said Col. Michael Edmonson, head of Louisiana State Police.

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