Roseburg shooting, stories

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

During the week in Roseburg, I was part of an AP team that included several reporters, video shooters and photographers. Covering a mass shooting is easier when you’re part of a great team of journalists. We produced multiple stories, too many to list, but here are a few I worked on that stood out. Our dramatic narrative retelling of the …

Roseburg mass shooting

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES, Reflections

Events like the Roseburg UCC college shooting are always difficult to cover. As a reporter, you work like a machine, 12 hour days on auto-pilot, and your emotions and exhaustion only catch up with you later. What’s most difficult is having to approach families whose world just collapsed. How to journalistically cover a tragedy like a mass shooting and still …

Wildfires’ impact on rangeland

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

Wildfires exploded this summer in the Pacific Northwest. Thousands of acres were scorched. I wondered: whose land had actually burned? A lot of the land that was engulfed in flames was isolated forest, grasses, hillsides. To whom did the land belong? I started hearing about ranchers losing their grazing allotments in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and knew I had a story. …

Not Portlandia

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

I wanted to write a story about a different Portland – not the hip, popular Portland of overpriced artisan lattes and overgrown facial hair, but the hidden part of town where immigrants, refugees and low income people live: East Portland. I have rented in East Portland for several years now and have watched it change and grow into a mix of Mexican, …

Lamprey harvest

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

OREGON CITY — They dove into the cold waters, emerging with writhing, eel-like fish in hand and thrusting them into nets. Thus began Northwest Native American tribes’ annual lamprey harvest at a rushing, 40-foot waterfall about 15 miles south of Portland. The jawless, gray fish are a traditional food source for tribal members in the Columbia River Basin… Read More  

Obama, Nike and outsourcing

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

Well, President Obama came to Portland, and it’s been fun. The goal of his visit: to make a speech at Nike headquarters touting a trade deal with Asian nations – the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP – in an effort to garner some much needed political support. Nike is an interesting choice of location, given that some critics are afraid the …

Adoptee U.S. citizenship

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

I learned about Adam and his story from a source in the Korean-American community. Interviewing Adam took six hours, and was emotionally wrenching. He is an intelligent, eloquent man who has faced big hurdles. He has many wounds and a lot of hurt, and yet he’s also trying to re-imagine his life. Adam’s story opened to me a world I knew little …

Flooded villages

Gosia Wozniacka AP PHOTOS, AP STORIES

This is one of the rare long-form stories that I’ve written at the AP. I worked with AP’s features editor and features photo editor to bring it together. To me, it’s an essential tale of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a story about this region’s history and its making, the area’s principal characteristics (the river, salmon, dams, hydropower), and the legacy of bad …

AP STORY: Labor shortages: a blessing and a curse

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

I’m usually a big skeptic when it comes to labor shortages in agriculture. I put on my reporter hat and ask: are these shortages real, or are they just slogans used by the agriculture industry to advance an agenda? I say this, because for years – for decades – the U.S. had been awash in farmworkers streaming in from Mexico. …

AP STORY: America at the Tipping Point

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

After living for some time in Central California, America’s top farming region where more than 250 different fruits and vegetables are grown, you can’t help but notice the dichotomy. On one side, you have the farmworkers, who often earn wages below the poverty line — mostly because farmwork is a seasonal occupation, and many of the workers can’t get unemployment …