Oil boom threatens indigenous people


This video describes a journalism project that I carried out in Ecuador during the summer of 2014. Background: A new push to drill for oil in Ecuador could devastate a pristine jungle habitat and the indigenous people who live there. The 3,793-square-mile Yasuni National Park contains more plant and animal species than all of North

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Saving souls


I wrote this story for the Orange County Register. It was published on Sept. 10, 1992. YAAPI, Ecuador – The bush plane bounced along the wet, grassy runway, sending mud into the air. Five-year-old Jonathan Stuck grabbed his little sister’s hand. “Run after the wind!” he yelled. And they scampered after the plane, chasing bursts of air

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Warriors will use spears to defend land


I wrote these two stories for the Miami Herald. They were published in May 1990. COCA, Ecuador – Barefoot and naked, Huaorani warriors have roamed the forest for centuries, stalking spider monkeys with poison darts and savagely spearing trespassers. Now the rolling thunder of civilization is echoing through the trees. Oil companies are drilling new

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