When I heard about the resurgence of roller derby, I wanted to find a different angle. This story ran in the Living section of the Omaha World-Herald on July 16, 2006. Moms first, then Rollergirls: Rough sport empowers women The smile Tuesday Larson wears all day as an office manager and real estate agent disappears when … Continue reading
These two stories — only four years apart — show the evolution of Omaha-based indie rock label Saddle Creek Records in that short timespan. As music reporter, I covered the record label and its artists as they caught the attention of top music critics. As real estate reporter and then retail reporter, I continued to … Continue reading
Special skills, special man. I truly enjoyed meeting Jim and having the privilege of telling his story.This article ran on the front page of the Omaha World-Herald on October 26, 2009. SIGNING OFF – Veteran ‘sign writer’ will retire after a half-century – By Christine Laue WORLD-HERALD For more than a half-century, Jim O’Keefe alerted … Continue reading
With a little sleuthing, good sourcing and persistence, I broke the story about Yahoo locating a facility in Omaha months before the company officially announced it. That sourcing paid off again, when I was able to confirm the official word before the announcement. Here’s that story, which ran October 24, 2008: Yahoo will make … Continue reading
I didn’t interview U2’s Bono, unfortunately. But I did get this major scoop — Bono stayed in Omaha the day after U2’s 2005 Omaha concert for a private meeting. At the concert, Bono made a vague reference to a Christmas party he would be attending the next day. A good source tipped me off to the details. … Continue reading
Retailers adapt their Black Friday strategies each year. In 2009, here’s what they did. This story was published in the Omaha World-Herald on Nov. 25, 2009.
First assignment as the new real estate reporter? Explain subprime lending. This story, published March 23, 2007, in the Omaha World-Herald, was the first of many that tried to explain how changes on Wall Street were trickling down to Main Street.
Before there was Facebook, an Omaha-based website called SLAM (Support Local Art and Music) showed the power of social networking. This article, published in the Omaha World-Herald on Aug. 5, 2001, explores the phenomenon that connected local music fans online and in person. “SLAM users admit to addiction” is a sidebar that provides more insight. (It also … Continue reading
A 56-year-old bartender is forced to retire after 30 years at a legendary Omaha live music venue that would be torn down to make way for a Walmart. “Mama’s Last Call” ran in the Omaha World-Herald on May 8 — Mother’s Day — in 2005. Mama’s Last Call For 30 years, Ranch Bowl bartender Amal Sawaged … Continue reading
The Sept. 11th terrorist attacks were a defining moment for a generation. This story, published in the Omaha World-Herald on Sept. 13, 2001, recorded the raw reactions of Omahans at the intersection of adolescence and adulthood. A generation’s innocence dies: For a generation at a critical point in shaping its view of itself and the … Continue reading