Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
5 months ago | Longform
Gary Catronio stands in the middle of his daughter Marisa's small bedroom inside a tidy Coral Springs home. A portly New Yorker with a head of white hair and a trimmed white beard, he is careful not to bump or knock anything over. He points to a p...
5 months ago | Holidays
While feeding the needy each day at 2 p.m., All Saints Catholic Mission has racked up more than $10,000 in fines for dodging a cease-and-desist order. This Thanksgiving, Father Bob Caudill and his congregation plan to serve turkey meals to more th...
5 months ago | Politics
Emboldened by the President-elect's crusade to make America great again (for white people), Donald Trump's followers seem to be celebrating the election by harassing minorities. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the number of hateful in...
5 months ago | Environment
As thousands gather at Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, closer to home, activists are actively trying to stop construction of the $3 billion, 515-mile Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline slicing through Alabama, Georgia, and Flor...
6 months ago | Crime
It has been 11 months since investigators say Franklin Chavez drove the wrong way on I-95 and caused a high-speed, head-on collision that killed 23-year-old Carmen Criales and seriously injured her mother and brother. Chavez has been charged with ...
6 months ago | Politics
Thousands took to the downtown Fort Lauderdale streets Sunday night to protest the hatred and bigotry that President-Elect Donald Trump represents. Though it was a mostly peaceful demonstration, there was some conflict with a few pro-Trump counter...