INT’L STUDENTS WONDER ABOUT STATUS IN U.S. NOW

Some international students at the University of Iowa expressed concerns in the immediate aftermath of business mogul Donald Trump being named the winner of the 2016 presidential election. They began contacting on-campus resources to ask about the effect of the results on their legal immigration status and personal safety, and I had the pleasure to talk to some of to officials about potential effects Trump’s win. Here is the story: The Daily Iowan 

XIANGNAN LI PLEADS GUILTY TO TONG SHAO MURDER

Xiangnan Li, a former University of Iowa, pleaded guilty to the murder of Tong Shao, a former Iowa State University student, according to a report by CNN. I reported on the breaking news for the Daily Iowan. Li appeared in court in China Wednesday for his trial.I talked to the commander of the investigation unit of the Iowa City police and Johnson County attorney Janet Lyness.

Here is the link to the clip: The Daily Iowan

 

Judge makes pitch for Senate at stop in Davenport

During my internship at the Times, I was able to cover then Democratic candidate Patty Judge, who was making a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Judge met supporters at the Scott County Democratic Headquarters in Davenport, Iowa. She kept to Democratic issues, among them calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and removing the cap on Social Security taxes for the wealthiest in the nation. She also said that the nation needs to garner the will to tackle the environmental issues, from clean air and water to the global issue of climate change.

Check out this link for the full story:  Patty Judge

Photo credit: Thomas Geyer/ The Quad City Times

 

Q-C march denounces violence

After the recent killing of policemen and two black men one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota, around 250 people of all races and backgrounds marched through the Quad-Cities to denounce the violence. I was there to witness and follow the protest as it began at the Rock Island Police Department, crossed the Centennial Bridge and ended at the Davenport Police Department.

For the full story: The Quad City Times

Photo Credit: John Schultz/The Quad City Times

 

Trump rally attracts protesters outside Adler

Over the summer, I was able to cover a Donald Trump rally in Davenport, Iowa. The story was about the protestors who were outside of the rally and why they were there. I met Charles “Casey” Stengel, whose last protest before the Trump rally, was in January 1973 when he drove from Iowa City to protest the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon. I also talked to other supporters and protestors of Trump.

Here is the full story: The Quad City Times

Photo Credit: John Schultz/The Quad City Times

 

RACISM REMAINS AT THE UI

This is one of my favorite pieces for the Daily Iowan. Myself and a few others received an email from the director of the UI International programs about racism that was going on around campus through the social media app Yik Yak. I broke the story to my editor and it was my first taste of “breaking news” as a student journalist. The Daily Iowan was one of the few news outlets that “broke” the news locally. I wrote the article and created and designed the infographic that accompanied the story. Here is the link: The Daily Iowan