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©2019 by Rowan Moore Gerety

I've produced news stories and documentaries for NPR, BBC, Marketplace, Reveal and Latino USA.  I was a staff reporter at WLRN, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KAZU. I continue to work for WLRN and others as a story/audio editor for hire.

Selected Work

Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety travels to Victoria, Texas, where Williams’ harrowing story of being pregnant behind bars unknowingly launched a reform movement.

In 2013, the Texas Jail Project gets a call from Bonnie Wyndham—a mother whose daughter, Cat, is pregnant behind bars and not getting the medical care TJP has been fighting to guarantee. In this episode, we hear Cat’s story. Plus, nearly 15 years after their chance meeting in the Victoria County Jail helped launch the TJP, our reporter Rowan Moore Gerety brings Shandra Williams and founder Diane Wilson together.

How one of the largest school districts in the country hid the results of a major overhaul on school discipline issues, and made thousands of school fights disappear from its reports to the state.
 

Violent crime has been decreasing over the past few decades, but for some families, it still defines daily life, as they cope with shootings and their aftermath. One of these families has experienced the devastation of gunfire across three generations.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew destroyed thousands of acres of Haiti’s agricultural industry, leaving an already struggling economy hungry for cash and aid from South Florida. I reported and co-hosted an hour-long special on economic impact Hurricane Matthew has had on both Haiti and South Florida.

The Yakama Nation in Eastern Washington is home to 11,000 Native Americans and almost three times as many Latinos. Over recent decades, the reservation's rich agricultural lands have attracted Mexican farmworkers and their families who made the valley their home. Despite shared indigenous roots and intermarriages, living side by side hasn't been easy, and tensions between the two groups are high. On this special collaboration with Northwest Public Radio, Latino USA dives deep into the dynamics of the reservation, exploring how two communities, living side by side, try to learn to get along.

Inspired by “City Symphonies,” 1920s-30s silent documentaries that depicted life in cities from Berlin to Sao Paolo, we set out to create a 24-hour audio portrait of the the Monterey Bay area. We wanted to explore the lives of people in most every small town there, at every hour of the day. The segments are narrated by the people in them, and take us everywhere from a security guard’s nighttime rounds at the aquarium to a Bible Study group at the local jail.