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This is a brief collection of some of the many stories and subjects I’ve covered over my career.

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Health Interviews and Explainers

These are stories about physical and mental health, medical triumphs, and heroes in the healthcare industry.

A Skateboarding Legend Is Helping Others Battle Addiction and Improve Their Mental Health

(Features multiple interviews and my original photography)

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7-Year-Old Boy Lives with Incurable Rare Condition that Makes Sunlight Deadly

(Oliver Kei has a rare genetic condition that increases his chances of developing cancer by 10,000 times)

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Girl, 12, Is ‘Constantly in Pain’ Due to Rare Disease That Causes Her Skin to Rip

(An interview with the father of Destiny Fuentes, who posts videos to social media to raise awareness about her condition)

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Baby Girl Has to Take Multiple Baths a Day to Keep Skin from Cracking

(Anna Wilklow was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a rare condition that causes her skin to harden and crack)

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Kobe Bryant on His Mental Health and Coping with Anxiety

(Interview with Kobe Bryant, who talked anxiety and his podcast)

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Millions of Americans Have Bipolar Disorder: 1 Woman Reveals What Living with It Is Like

(Interview exploring and raising awareness for bipolar disorder)

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Woman Who Watched 5 Family Members Die From Rare Lung Disease Searches for Answers

(Interview with Teresa Barnes, who lost loved ones to Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)

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Army Veteran Shares His Emotional Story of PTSD

(Army Staff Sgt. Adam Schumann remains haunted by his experiences in Iraq long after he returned home)

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Wife of Late Surf Legend Andy Irons Opens Up About His Mental Health Struggles

(Interview with the widow of legendary surfer Andy Irons)

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Former NFL Player Struggled with Signs of CTE Before Suicide, His Wife Says

(Interview with Kirstyn Hairston, who says her NFL player husband struggled with CTE-related symptoms weeks before his death)

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Ex-NFL Player Eric Stevens on ALS Struggle, Road Ahead

(An interview with Eric Stevens and his wife about their lives after his ALS diagnosis)

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Olympian Steve Mesler Remembers Pavle Jovanovic After He Dies by Suicide

(Interview with Olympian Steve Mesler to raise awareness for mental health after Pavle Jovanovic's death)

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CEO Gives the Best Response When Employee Takes Time Off for Mental Health

(Article about a woman who went viral for her CEO's positive response to mental health)

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Want a 3-Day Workweek? Study Suggests It's Ideal for People Over 40

(As your age increases, your workload should decrease, one study says)

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How Dan Diaz, Whose Wife Brittany Maynard Chose to End Her Life amid Cancer Battle, Keeps Her Memory Alive

(Eight years after the death of his wife, Brittany Maynard, Dan Diaz is working to keep her memory alive)

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Family Fights to Save 6-Year-Old with Childhood Alzheimer's

(An interview with the family of Carter Sarkar, who has Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare and fatal disease also known as Childhood Alzheimer's)

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Mini-Darth Vader from Iconic Super Bowl Ad to Have His 13th Heart Surgery

(A boy who played a miniature Darth Vader in a popular Super Bowl ad opens up about his severe heart condition)

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Baby Girl with Rare Disease Needs Life-Saving Medicine that Costs $2.1M

(Rhys Devine was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that typically kills babies before the age of 2)

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How a WWE Icon Supports the Physical and Mental Health of Aging Pro Wrestlers

(Interview with pro wrestling icon Diamond Dallas Page about his new life as a yoga instructor)

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Father of 2 Starts Organization to Save Others After His ALS Diagnosis

(Interview to raise awareness about ALS symptoms)

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Man Fights for His Life After Pneumonia Leads to Amputation of His Lung and Legs

(Interview with the family of Dale Kompik, and how his bout with pneumonia led to sepsis)

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'ICU Grandpa' Cuddles and Soothes Babies Too Sick to Go Home at Hospital

(For 12 years, David Deutchman has been holding babies and caring for moms at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta)

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Mom Shares Transgender Teen's Heartbreaking Suicide Note to Raise Awareness

(The mother of a transgender teen who killed herself is hoping others open their hearts to those transitioning)

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Arrested Development's Tony Hale On His Asthma Battle

(Interview with Arrested Development's Tony Hale to raise awareness about asthma treatment)

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Baby Girl Born Prematurely Is Adopted in Time for Mother's Day

(A story made in partnership with Atrium Health)

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Boy Who Donated Hair to Kids with Cancer Is Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Months Later

(Interview with the father of Torrin Breneman, who spent three years growing out his hair for kids with cancer)

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2-Year-Old Boy Who Spent Half His Life in the Hospital Heads Home for Christmas

(An interview with Kari Hazlewood, whose son spent 177 days in the hospital following his birth)

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Family Wears Helmets in Show of Support for Baby with Flat Head Syndrome

(After their 4-month-old son developed flat head syndrome, this family banded together to turn it into a more positive experience)

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Sports

These are a few links to interviews I've done with prominent athletes about their lives and careers.

Mike Tyson Says He Wants to Prove Age Means Nothing in Boxing Return

(Interview with Mike Tyson about his first fight in 15 years)

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The Undertaker Knows the End Is Near, But He's Still In Search of the Perfect Match

(An interview with WWE legend the Undertaker about his career)

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Tom Brady Says Return to NFL After Brief Retirement Will Be His 'Greatest Challenge'

(Interview with Tom Brady about ending his retirement to return to the NFL)

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F1’s Daniel Ricciardo Talks His ‘Killer Instinct’

(Interview with F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo)

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F1 Driver Lando Norris Is Ready for Battle with Red Bull

(An interview F1 driver Lando Norris)

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Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. Are Ready to Make Ferrari F1 Champions

(Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc sat down with PEOPLE to talk about life on the track)

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Shaquille O'Neal Talks Making Amends with Kobe Bryant

(Interview with Shaq about his career on "Inside the NBA" and relationship with the Kobe Bryant)

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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw On What Fueled Him to World Series Win

(Interview with the legendary pitcher shortly after winning the World Series)

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Hulk Hogan's Life After Split from WWE

(A chat with Hulk Hogan about his life after controversy)

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Tony Hawk Looks Back on Landing Skateboarding's Holy Grail 20 Years Later

(Interview with Tony Hawk about completing the 900)

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Kobe Bryant Opens Up About Animated Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

(Interviews with Kobe Bryant and legendary Disney animator Glen Keane)

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Dwyane Wade Talks NBA Retirement, and Making His Own Budweiser Brand

(Interview with Dwyane Wade about the NBA and partnership with Budweiser)

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Natalie Portman On How She Is Bringing Women's Soccer Team to LA

(An exclusive interview with Natalie Portman about how she helped brining Angel City FC to LA)

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Shawn Michaels Reflects on Iconic 'WrestleMania' 25 Match Against The Undertaker

(Shawn Michaels reflects on his WM match against the Undertaker for its 11th anniversary)

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Triple H Marks 25 Years as One of WWE's Most Hated — and Beloved — Villains

(A conversation with WWE legend Triple H about his storied career)

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Carmelo Anthony Is Ready to Share the Story He 'Never Wanted' to Tell in New Book

(Interview with Carmelo Anthony in collaboration with Simon & Schuster book publishing)

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Scottie Pippen Speaks Rivalry with Michael Jordan In New Book

(Interview with Scottie Pippen to promote his new memoir)

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Nigel Sylvester, BMX Star, Is Riding from the Screen to the Page with New Book

(Interview and collaboration with viral star Nigel Sylvester and Rizzoli book publishing)

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Tom Brady On His Personal Style Tips, and Launch of Christopher Cloos Collection

(Interview with Tom Brady on fashion and his new Christopher Cloos partnership)

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Charles Barkley on How He's (Finally) Improved His Golf Game

(Interview with Charles Barkley and his partnership with AleveX)

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John Cena and Jimmy Fallon Pump Iron and Drink Beer in New Super Bowl Ad

(In-person interview with John Cena and Jimmy Fallon promoting low-calorie beer, Michelob Ultra)

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Shaquille O'Neal On How Exercise Helped Him Following Kobe Bryant's Death

(Interview with Shaq about Novex Biotech's line of men’s performance products)

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NFL's Patrick Mahomes and Troy Polamalu Talk Being Hair Icons

(Interview with Patrick Mahomes and Troy Polamalu promoting a Head & Shoulders campaign)

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Houston Texans Star JJ Watt Talks Married Life and Workout Regimen

(Interview with JJ Watt promoting Gatorade)

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Human Interest Highlights

These are stories about social issues, everyday heroes and survival against the odds.

How a Mom Turned the Tragedy of Her Son's Death Into a Lifeline for the Homeless

(Includes my original photographs, and a 4-minute documentary I filmed and edited)

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Couple Stuck in Costa Rica Are on the Longest Third Date Ever

(This interview with the couple later inspired a Netflix documentary)

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Woman Marries Man Who Rescued Her in Mass Shooting

(Interview with a couple who survived the Las Vegas mass shooting)

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Victims of Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands: 'Don't Forget Us'

(Interviews with families in the U.S. Virgin Islands who survived Hurricane Irma)

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Billionaire Richard Branson on the Final Hours Before His Trip to Space

(An interview with Richard Branson just hours after he went into space)

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Man Who Survived Sexual Abuse Runs 3,000 Miles to Help Other Victims

(Interview with Christian Griffith, who hoped to make a difference for other survivors)

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Woman Recovering from Drug Addiction Opens Gym to Help Others Stay Sober

(Interview with Krissy Mae Cagney, who opened a free gym to those recovering from drug addiction)

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Friends Separated After Pearl Harbor Reunite 76 Years Later

(After 70 years, two friends reunited and shared a first kiss)

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WWII Veteran Couple Married for Seven Decades Dies on the Same Day

(Isabell and Preble Staver met on a blind date, and died together just 14 hours apart more than 70 years later)

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One of the Last Pearl Harbor Survivors Has Advice for the Next Generation

(An interview with Ira Schab Jr., a 101-year-old U.S. Navy veteran)

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We Tried It: Flying In a F-16 with the Air Force

(Includes footage I helped capture and edit from the experience. Collaboration with U.S. Air Force)

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Couple Who Survived Las Vegas Mass Shooting Together Are Now Engaged

(Interview with a young couple who survived the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival)

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Mom Who Almost Died Saving Her Kids from House Fire Weds Their Father

(Interview with mom Angel Fiorini, who suffered severe burns while saving her children from a fire)

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Black Musician Daryl Davis Has Converted Hundreds of KKK Members

(A story written in the voice of Daryl Davis, as told by me)

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Navy Vet Says It Took Suicide Attempt to Get Help from Veterans Affairs

(Alex Miller is pushing for access to mental health care and other life-saving services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

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Man to Crawl NYC Marathon on All Fours to Honor Veteran Dad Who Died of Suicide

(Interview with Devon Lévesque, who hoped to raise $200,000 to help veterans after his father died by suicide)

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Quadruple Amputee Vet Names His Son After the Two Medics Who Saved His Life

(Travis Mills is celebrated the birth of his newborn son five years after he was injured while serving in Afghanistan)

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Fear and Forgiveness: Growing Up Around Gangs and an Alcoholic Father

(Personal essay about my experience living with my alcoholic father in a rough neighborhood)

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How Trayvon Martin’s Mom Is Supporting Other Grieving Mothers

(An interview with Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton)

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Mom Finds Out She Is Pregnant Just Hours Before Her Baby Is Born

(An interview with a couple, which helped generate nearly $50K for them on GoFundMe)

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Tech Reviews and Explainers

Here are some selected reviews, explainers and interviews with people that incorporate technology.

(Because Complex underwent a website redesign recently, some images may not display in certain articles.)

This Piece of Cardboard Was My $25 Ticket Into Poor Man's Virtual Reality

(Google Cardboard review where I created GIFs and photos)

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The History of the Sidekick: The Coolest Smartphone of All Time

(A detailed look back at the T-Mobile Sidekick)

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Why Sound Quality Matters: A Guide to Enjoying Hi-Def Sound

(Guide with recommendations to headphones and speakers)

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PEOPLE's First VR Interview in the Metaverse

(An interview about culture and tech using Facebook's Oculus headset, including an explainer about VR and app recommendations)

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This Controller Helped a Quadriplegic Gamer Become One of the Best in the World

(An interview with a gamer who uses the Quadstick adaptive gaming controller)

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How a Mountain Biker’s Apple Watch Helped Save His Life After Crash

(Interview with Ryan McConnaughey, who was biking through a mountainside when he fell and broke his neck)

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My Mom's Text Was Delivered Months After Her Death — All Because of a Phone Glitch

(Explainer and my personal experience about a nationwide glitch affecting thousands of smartphone customers)

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Apple Debuts iPhone 12 with 5G Connectivity — Here's Everything You Need to Know

(Apple products overview)

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Everything to Know About Apple's iPhone X and Its FaceID Technology

(Apple products overview)

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Goodbye, Internet Explorer

(An essay and look back on Microsoft's Internet Explorer before it was discontinued)

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10 Ways Your Music Technology Is Years Behind

(Explainer on how to buy high-definition music tech and services)

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Best Apps to Stay Social and See Friends While Isolated Over Coronavirus

(App reviews to benefit mental health during the pandemic)

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Strangers Woke Me Up For a Week Straight Using This App, and Things Got Weird

(App review)

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Tech Gadgets

(Guide on tech gadgets featuring GoPro, Amazon, Moto, TCL, and more companies that contributed products for review)

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Hands-On With the Apple Watch

(Overview of the in-person unveiling of the Apple Watch)

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Finance and Lifestyle How-Tos and Interviews

Here are links to some explainers and interviews about financial topics.

Single Mom Whose Net Worth Reached $750K in 4 Years Shares Her Budgeting Advice

(Zoom interview and explainer of FIRE savings method)

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CEO Who Gave Employees $70K Salary Reveals 'Aggressive' Advice to Raise Your Income

(Finance advice and interview with a tech CEO)

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High Schooler Who Built Multimillion-Dollar Slime Brand Tells Teens How to 'Go for It'

(Interview with a high school CEO who offers her entrepreneurial advice)

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Mom Pays Off $77K Debt Thanks to These 3 Budgeting Methods

(Explainer about a mom about her viral budgeting strategy using sources and research)

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Experts Say a 'Major Recession' Is Coming — Here's How to Prepare, According to Suze Orman

(Finance explainer including interview with Suze Orman)

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CEO Who Surprised Employees with $70K Minimum Salary Feels 'Relieved and Proud'

(Interview with the CEO of Gravity Payments)

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