Since 2019, I've documented many solid and brilliant residents for news outlets such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, The Marshall Project, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and the international news source NZZ.

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1. Sheriff Larry Smith, left, outside the Smith County Sheriff's office


2. Ms. Mason, a 46-year-old grandmother from the Fort Worth area, has been in the news on and off since 2016 when Texas prosecutors decided she was a vote fraudster so dangerous that justice demanded she be sentenced to five years behind bars.


3. Will Grogan, 15 of Dallas, is a previously healthy, athletic, top student who got Covid when he was 14 and has had several long Covid issues including brain fog, dizziness, suddenly being unable to walk more than 10 steps.

4. Mr. Khaliq and Ms. Oport are among hundreds of victims and family members at the center of a years-long process to remove Sudan from a U.S. government list of state sponsors of terrorism. Doing so will open the way for the East African country to move toward economic stability, and potentially greater democracy, after a generation of oppression.

5. Dalila Reynoso near the door where detainees were released from the Smith County jail in Tyler, Texas, in March.

6. Melanie Molinaro with her daughter in their backyard. Melanie Molinaro, a 37-year-old speech pathologist, and her husband wanted a less-hurried lifestyle that didn’t include sitting in traffic in Houston, where their daughter was outgrowing the small backyard their townhome shared with a neighbor. They had attended the University of North Texas in Denton and had long wanted to move back there. After her husband lost his job as an art director when the pandemic hit, they decided it was time to do it.

7. The term “food deserts” emerged in the mid-2000s as social scientists and medical researchers began studying neighborhoods without access to nutritious, reasonably priced food. In Dallas, these “deserts” are located mostly south of the Trinity River, in places that have endured the long-term effects of redlining. 

8. Kamala Harris visits Fort Worth, Texas during the 2020 election campaign.

9. Frida Espinosa-Müller works on a Day of the Dead harness for puppets in Dallas. The puppets are part of a protest organized by Cara Mia Theatre and LULAC.

10. Half sisters Donna Fields (left) and Renee Phillips (right), at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, were close as youngsters, sharing a father who was a Baptist preacher and a grandmother who touched the TV to pray with televangelists.

11. Mary Smith works from home and has made new plans to continue doing so after the pandemic has slowed.

12. Ronnie Mestas, West Dallas neighbors, and leaders about their experiences with Fish Trap Lake — a manmade lake that was once a dumping ground for industrial plants along with Singleton and has never been a true neighborhood amenity, though a couple of groups are now looking to try to make it one.

13. Mike April lived in Fort Worth, TX, and chatted via online video with Heather April, located at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon.