Audio documentary

Tashawn Strother, a community journalist from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project, hosts an audio documentary sharing her family’s journey after her son Walter Willis was shot and critically wounded on New Year’s Eve in 2019. Voices include our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard, who is also the trauma surgeon who cared for Walter – and Walter himself. Thanks also go to the Independence Public Media FoundationThe Stoneleigh Foundation and Kouvenda Media.

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Behind the scenes with Dr. Jessica Beard

Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard was interviewed by Anthony Orozco at WITF about her role in “Stronger Every Day: Healing After Gun Violence.”

Deeper dive

Now you can also listen to the full 30-minute conversation between Anthony Orozco at WITF and our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard about her role in “Stronger Every Day,” but also on what drives her, our current research, some preliminary findings and better news reporting practices.