Reporters with The 9th Street Journal had plenty to cover this year and all rose to the occasion. They published more than 140 articles on the pandemic, demands for racial justice, high-stakes elections and far more.
Some articles stood out due to the heft of the subject matter and the depth of the reporting. As the year draws to a close, we share some of that best reporting here.
Hospital bill collectors
Six months after an intruder raped a Duke University student in her campus apartment, bill collectors started calling her about unpaid Duke University Hospital charges. Victims are not supposed to be charged for sexual assault exams. But rules have loopholes, Cameron Beach reports here.
A Durham crisis
Hundreds of people were evacuated from Durham’s oldest public housing community due to unsafe conditions last winter. Housing authorities in other North Carolina cities take better care of their properties, Caroline Petrow-Cohen explains here.
After the pandemic struck, the world learned how important contract tracers are. These public health sleuths encounter suffering that is hidden from most of us, Bella Caracta describes here.
Once a homicide
After a judge discredited police evidence in the case against a Durham teenager, prosecutors dropped charges accusing him of killing his father. Months later, a medical examiner revised the cause of the man’s death, Ben Leonard discloses here.
Families in the dark
When the new coronavirus started spreading, federal officials banned visitors from nursing homes. Intended to protect the vulnerable, the move isolated residents from family members at a time of great danger, Victoria Eavis documents here.
Follow the money
Durham officials boasted of giving aid to small businesses this summer. But for weeks, they did not know who received the funding, Ben Leonard reveals here.
What is Swing NC?
Trying to track the origin of a $53,000 donation to a congressional candidate shows how the campaign finance system is a messy tangle, Michaela Towfighi finds here.
COVID-19 in jail
Darrell Kersey’s death was the second COVID-19 fatality linked to the Durham jail that was not disclosed to the public, Dryden Quigley reveals here.
Repairs gone wrong
For months, public housing residents were forced to live with a rodent infestation where their children play outdoors, Charlie Zong documents here.
At top: 9th Street Journal reporter Rebecca Torrence interviews a Durham resident during early voting at Duke University’s Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. Photo by Henry Haggart