Trauma-informed journalist and essayist Lori Yearwood explores what it means to be a trauma-informed journalist when reporting on difficult topics. Having experienced homelessness herself, she suggests key ideas to keep in mind as journalists engage with populations who face dire situations and systemic poverty.
About the Presenter:
Lori Teresa Yearwood is a national, trauma-aware speaker and journalist covering America’s housing crisis for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her deeply researched articles and essays take place from an “inside-out” perspective, as between 2014 and 2016, Lori collapsed into homelessness and lived on the streets of Salt Lake City.
In the creation of her new life, Lori drew upon her lived experience as well as her nearly 15 years as reporter that included seven years at The Miami Herald. Once again a full-time reporter, Lori is now in the unique position of informing her audiences about the societal context within which collapse takes place, as well as the indomitable strength of the human spirit to overcome hardship. Her essays and articles have been recently published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Slate, and many other publications.
Underwriter: Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities
Image by Thayne Tuason
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