We are visual journalist Jerry Redfern and writer/editor Karen Coates, partners in work and life.

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• Award-winning multi-platform journalists
• Senior Fellows at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism
• Co-authors of Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (finalist for the IRE Book Award)
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• Yes, we really work together that much


Why the Fate of a Tiny Rio Grande Fish Is So Important

Heavy winter snows and a wet spring have filled the Rio Grande River through New Mexico with more water than it has seen in years, and water managers predict the river could stay up well into the summer. That’s good news both for people who rely on the river and for one of the river’s most threatened tiny inhabitants: Hybognathus amarus, a.k.a. the Rio Grande silvery minnow.

Far From Being a Burden, Research Suggests Refugees Come With Benefits

Trump’s rhetoric aside, numerous studies provide credible evidence that migrants offer long-term economic benefits for their new communities.

Reporting near the border? The ACLU has some advice for you.

(Columbia Journalism Review)
One day last spring, Sarah Silva drove north on Interstate 25 out of Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her boyfriend, Heath Haussamen, sitting in the passenger’s seat. They stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint—nothing unusual for the two, who live roughly 50 miles from Mexico. “We’re surrounded by militarized checkpoints,” Haussamen says. But he didn’t expect what happened next.

Eluding the Censors: For all its faults, Facebook is a lifeline for journalists in less developed countries

(Committee to Protect Journalists)
Squeezed between China and Vietnam, Phongsali is the northernmost province of Laos, a land of mountains, valleys and isolated villages that is home to more than 15 ethnic groups. As recently as a few years ago, news traveled through Phongsali at a pace akin to regional traffic: slowly, on a bumpy route rife with potholes and disruptions.

Earliest Fungus-Like Fossils Discovered in 2.4 Billion-Year-Old South African Bedrock

The fossils are 2 billion years older than previous finds and could dramatically alter the timeline of the emergence of life on Earth.

Here is What a Cut in U.S. Foreign Aid Could Mean for this Woman’s Family

(U.N. Dispatch)
Ajok hadn’t heard a word of her two missing kids since February 2014. She didn’t know whether they were dead or alive, had crossed the border or not, or even where to begin looking.

New Batteries Could Last a Decade With Minimal Upkeep

The batteries are designed to store wind and solar energy for later use. They’re non-toxic, non-corrosive and could significantly reduce the cost of production.

Mexican Smuggler Says Trump’s Wall Won’t Stop Him — Here’s Why

Everything from dogs and blimps to Gamma-ray imaging systems and video surveillance is used to prevent people from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, making the prospect of a wall seem obsolete.


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