Austin Justin is five-years-old and learning to walk for the first time in his life. He was born with hereditary hip dysplasia and club feet. Austin recently received a pair of braces from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland. In time, the braces will allow him to walk upright. A Winterhawks hockey fan, Austin hopes to one day be able to play hockey on upright ice skates with a team.
A Determined Stand
Is Racism Literally Toxic?
Minorities in the U.S. have lower life expectancies than their white counterparts. This suggests that racism can be literally toxic enough to cause shorter life expectancies, regardless of income or education levels. The stress of being a person of color in America can actually be a matter of life or death.
Produced for Pearson Education.
Life of a Cannabis Farmer
Medical marijuana farmer Tom Lauerman has dedicated his life to normalizing cannabis in the U.S. He went from being arrested at his medical collective in 1999, to working with the federal government today to establish the first ever national safety guidelines for the cannabis industry.
This video has been featured online in Herb, Civilized, Green Tree Medicinals and Nature News.
Life of a cannabis farmer
A Strong Man
Akhil Jhaveri was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in July 2011, and while he lost the ability to move his limbs and now has a feeding tube, he is trying to embrace the time he has left with his loved ones. This is a three part series about Akhil and his journey with ALS.
Part 1 of this series won first place for online feature video in the extra large division for the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism contest, Northwest Region, 2016.
Akhil passed away at his home on September 1, 2018.
Ridgefield man continues battle with ALS with family's love and support
Akhil's final wishes
U.S. Navy veteran Anthony Davis discovered rowing after doctors told him he would never walk again, following a devastating traffic accident. In an attempt to overcome depression and regain normalcy, Davis devoted his life to rowing. He is currently training for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
This video won first place for online sports feature video in the extra large division for the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism contest, Northwest Region, 2017.
Donna Pinaula and her kids have been homeless in Vancouver since 2012. They have stayed with family, in shelters and in a tent. In this video, The Columbian followed Donna and her kids through a typical day.
Hidden Homeless - Day in the life of a homeless family
Still Farming at 90
90-year-old Charles DeTemple has lived on his family farm in Camas, WA, since 1925, with the exception of three years when he fought in WWII. He was recently awarded the Legion of Honor medal by a French official for his WWII service.
Still farming at 90
We Are All Human
Braxton Thomsen shares his perspective on life as a deaf, transgender man living in Vancouver, WA. This film won first place in the Audience Awards' 2015 LGBTQ film competition.
We Are All Human- Life as a Transgender Man in Vancouver
Prison inmates rehabilitate western pond turtles
Two inmates from Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt, WA, helped rehabilitate nine western pond turtles that suffered shell disease. With the help of the Oregon Zoo and the Sustainability in Prisons Project, the turtles were recently released back into the Columbia River Gorge.