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Jul 1 14

Last call for Metro-North bar cars

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ASSOCIATED PRESS, MAY 9, 2014 | Last call came Friday for the bar cars on commuter trains between Manhattan and Connecticut, a final run for rolling taverns where city workers gathered for decades to play dice, find jobs and hold annual Christmas parties with a jazz band.

Feb 23 14

Crisis at Canaan: Life and death inside a federal penitentiary

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A series exposing the deadly working conditions correctional officers face in federal prisons, particularly the United States Penitentiary at Canaan in Pennsylvania, where an inmate ambushed and murdered an officer on Feb. 25, 2013. Soon after the killing, The Citizens’ Voice set out to examine the dangers federal correctional officers face; the staffing, budget cuts and administrative resistance that have increased the risk of violence; and the remedies being implemented to prevent another death.
Read the story | Download PDF | Full series

Mar 10 14

1/435: A Pennsylvania freshman
in the halls of Congress

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Oct. 13, 2013: Sunset at Beaver Stadium
Feb. 13, 2014: A Snowy Drive Down Main Street

Dec 21 11

Abuse scandal at Penn State
and Joe Paterno’s final goodbye

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Mike led The Citizens’ Voice’s coverage of the child-sex abuse scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, filing stories for online and print and discussing the case on radio and television. Mike broke several stories while in in State College for two weeks after prosecutors charged Sandusky, including a report on medical treatments for former head coach Joe Paterno that led to the disclosure he had lung cancer.

Full story archive | PDF of selected stories | PDF: Paterno’s death
PDF: Trial coverage | TV/Video
| Reporting for “Here and Now,” WBUR/NPR
Exclusive: Discovering Joe Paterno’s will is sealed from public view

Sep 12 13

Susquehanna River: Record flooding devastates region

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SEPTEMBER 2011 | The Susquehanna River surged to a record crest of 42.66 feet in Wilkes-Barre, inflicting unprecedented stress on the Luzerne County levee system and devastating flooding on communities not guarded by the floodwalls.

Jul 20 11

National attention for ‘striking’ bin Laden front

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Mallary Jean Tenore of featured my May 3 front page in an story on the bold techniques newspaper editors/designers used in covering the killing of Osama bin Laden.

She writes: The Citizens’ Voice’s Tuesday front page combines the use of red, a bold headline and a bin Laden image in a way that differentiated it from many other front pages. It’s one of the few papers that used so much text to illustrate the news.

Read more, including the story of my colleague Tamara Dunn’s exemplary work on deadline to get news of bin Laden’s death into the first-day newspaper, at

Read more about our coverage on Charles Apple’s news design blog:

How some of those striking bin Laden covers were developed

A look at Tuesday’s graphics-heavy bin Laden presentations