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THE WORK OF SAWYER PHILLIPS

Human experiences are at the center of every intriguing story.

 

PORTFOLIO OF WORK

Past. Present. Future.

COVERAGE OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

Here is a story I covered in front of the White House when the Trump Administration announced changes to the DACA program in 2017.

 
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOT SAUCE IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN KITCHEN

A piece I wrote on how this spicy condiment got its start in the United States and its medicinal roots.

 
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FOOD INSECURITY AND THE URBAN GARDEN MOVEMENT 

A piece that explores how urban gardeners are attempting to provide access to fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods.

 

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF LOLA'S HOUSE, EVELINA GALANG

Evelina Galang on her book Lola's House about the Filipino "comfort women" who were captured by the Japanese in World War II and forced into sexual slavery. This is an interview I conducted and edited while interning at PBS's To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbé.

 
 

WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF LOVE?

Watch a rough cut of the documentary I'm editing and filming.

Who Wrote the Book of Love? explores stories surrounding the disappearance of Warren Davis of the doo-wop group The Monotones, who wrote the hit 1950's song Book of Love. The film takes Davis's great-niece's perspective, who uses family interviews, archival footage, historical accounts, and public documents to piece together a picture of an uncle who she only knows through oral history. Her search to uncover the truth behind the reveries sparks conversations about how stories are passed down, mental illness, tattered relationships, and black life during the Civil Rights era in Newark, New Jersey. 

 
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