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 …

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, …

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. …