With a grant from the Dart Center — one of eight journalists awarded — Andrea spent 2017 working on an investigative radio and web series called ‘The Argument.’ Each story began with the single argument that led to a homicide, then unraveled to reveal a history of abuse, mental illness, trauma and distrust in law enforcement.
Series: The Argument
This exclusive story came out the day the criminal trial began. The next day, a jury found her boss guilty of misdemeanor battery. Then, he resigned. The Unified Government told KCUR if he hadn't, they would have fired him. About a week later, Maddie Waldeck sued the Unified Government for gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation. All of these stories can be found at kcur.org.
I've spent a lot of time with teens in Wyandotte County. What I heard again and again? The media only comes around when there's violence. They think that’s partly why their community is known as ‘Crime-Dotte.’ So, when I decided to report on a homicide that took the life of a teen last winter, I decided to pair that story with a story of resilience. I would shine light on the work those teens are doing to stop the violence.
Mini-series: Violence and resilience