“Where Christian evangelicals worship Trump more than Jesus – key voters stay loyal to president” for The Guardian

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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Pastor Franz Gerber of Praise Chapel Community Church poses for a portrait Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: A billboard referencing divisions in the community due to opioid abuse is seen Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Terri Burl, chair of Forest County GOP, right, and husband Randy Burl, at home Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Terri Burl, chair of Forest County GOP, at home Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Jennifer Nery at home Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Nery voted for President Trump in 2016 but believes she made a mistake and will not vote for him in the 2020 election. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Jan. 2, 2019 in downtown Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Pastor Franz Gerber of Praise Chapel Community Church poses for a portrait Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Jennifer Nery at home Jan. 2, 2019 in Crandon, Wis. Nery voted for President Trump in 2016 but believes she made a mistake and will not vote for him in the 2020 election. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian
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CRANDON, WIS. – Jan. 2, 2020: Jan. 2, 2019 in downtown Crandon, Wis. Crandon, located in Forest County, Wis., voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then pivoted to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election. Photograph: Lauren Justice/The Guardian

Where Christian evangelicals worship Trump more than Jesus – key voters stay loyal to president

NBA Sign Language Interpreter, for The New York Times

Brice Christianson, a sign language interpreter, at Fiserv Forum during a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls in Milwaukee, Wis. Nov. 14, 2019. The Milwaukee Bucks are the first professional sports team in North America to have a sign language interpreter accompany the head coach to his postgame press conferences. Photographed for The New York Times

Acid Attack in Milwaukee, Wis., for The New York Times

I met with Mahud Villalaz for two minutes outside his home in Milwaukee, Wis. as he was healing from being attacked with acid. Villalaz, a U.S. citizen, received second-degree burns to his face and recalled his attacker saying, “You came here to invade.”

Read the article by John Ismay in The New York Times

Presidential Candidate Cory Booker in Milwaukee, Wis. for The New York Times

2020 Presidential Candidate Cory Booker visits the Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee, Wis. on his campaign tour. Photographed for The New York Times

BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing Communities) in Milwaukee, Wis.

BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing Communities) Executive Director Angela Lang and her team discuss their strategies for informing the public about the upcoming local and presidential election at their office in Milwaukee, Wis. Photographed for Zora.

Student Loan Debt, for Buzzfeed News

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LAKE MILLS, WIS. – Dec. 6, 2019: Ethan James at home in Lake Mills, Wis. Dec. 6, 2019. James works multiple jobs in an effort to pay down crippling student debt. Photo by Lauren Justice for Buzzfeed News
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LAKE MILLS, WIS. – Dec. 6, 2019: Ethan James at home in Lake Mills, Wis. Dec. 6, 2019. James works multiple jobs in an effort to pay down crippling student debt. Photo by Lauren Justice for Buzzfeed News
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LAKE MILLS, WIS. – Dec. 6, 2019: Ethan James at home in Lake Mills, Wis. Dec. 6, 2019. James works multiple jobs in an effort to pay down crippling student debt. Photo by Lauren Justice for Buzzfeed News
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LAKE MILLS, WIS. – Dec. 6, 2019: Ethan James at home in Lake Mills, Wis. Dec. 6, 2019. James works multiple jobs in an effort to pay down crippling student debt. Photo by Lauren Justice for Buzzfeed News

Sisters of Sister Jean Embrace Her Loyola Team and Marvel at Her Fame, For The New York Times

I traveled to Dubuque, Iowa with Juliet Macur of The New York Times to talk with Sisters who knew Sister Jean before her involvement with Loyola’s basketball team in the NCAA tournament made her famous. Read the piece here: https://nyti.ms/2ucArnD

DUBUQUE, IA-MARCH 21, 2018: (left to right) Pat Donahoe BVM, 86, Bernadet McGanigal BVM, 83, Carolyn Farrell BVM, 83, and Margaret McCulloch BVM, 78, outside the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa Wed. March 21, 2018, where they met Sister Jean. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
DUBUQUE, IA-MARCH 21, 2018: A bobble head of Sister Jean, made in 2011, stays on display at the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
DUBUQUE, IA-MARCH 21, 2018: The bracket of Margaret McCulloch BVM, 78, at the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa Wed. March 21, 2018. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
DUBUQUE, IA-MARCH 21, 2018: Friends and acquaintances of Sister Jean talk about her newfound fame at Loyola University during March Madness at the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa Wed. March 21, 2018. Lauren Justice for The New York Times

New Rules for Bats Leave Youth Baseball Parents With the Bill, For The New York Times

James Card and Joe Drape wrote about the change in bat standards for USA Baseball. I went to a little league practice in Waupaca, Wisconsin to see the bats and meet some of the players and families affected by the expensive requirements.

WAUPACA, WI-MAY 20, 2018: Ryder Vergauwen, 10, yells in excitement while holding a new USA Baseball approved bat after hitting a home run in home run derby at the end of practice. Players on the 10U Waupaca baseball team practice Sunday, May 20 at Swan Park in Waupaca, Wisc. USA Baseball has created a new standard for baseball bats that requires a specific barrel size, rendering most previously approved bats unacceptable for play. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
WAUPACA, WI-MAY 20, 2018: Assistant Coach Brian Hoezel hits balls with a bat that is no longer approved for play by USA Baseball. Players on the 10U Waupaca baseball team practice Sunday, May 20 at Swan Park in Waupaca, Wisc. USA Baseball has created a new standard for baseball bats that requires a specific barrel size, rendering most previously approved bats unacceptable for play. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
WAUPACA, WI-MAY 20, 2018: John Zeamer, 10, poses for a portrait with his new USA Baseball approved bat Sunday, May 20 at Swan Park in Waupaca, Wisc. USA Baseball has created a new standard for baseball bats that requires a specific barrel size, rendering most previously approved bats unacceptable for play. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
WAUPACA, WI-MAY 20, 2018: Austin Aclanczak, 10, in the batting cage with a new USA Baseball approved bat. Players on the 10U Waupaca baseball team practice Sunday, May 20 at Swan Park in Waupaca, Wisc. USA Baseball has created a new standard for baseball bats that requires a specific barrel size, rendering most previously approved bats unacceptable for play. Lauren Justice for The New York Times

Bill of the Month: A Plan for Affordable Gender Confirmation Surgery Goes Awry, For Kaiser Health News and NPR

I met and photographed Wren Vetens at her home in Madison, Wisconsin for a collaborative project called Bill of the Month between Kaiser Health News and NPR. Vetens was struggling with payment and insurance surprises regarding her confirmation surgery and the article discusses the ups and downs of her process. You can read about her experience in multiple places:

1: Bill Of The Month: A Plan For Affordable Gender-Confirmation Surgery Goes Awry

2: A Transgender Woman’s ‘Bait-And-Switch’ $92,000 Surgery Bill

3: Wisconsin Reinstates Coverage Of Transgender Treatment For State Workers

4: In A Reversal, Wisconsin To Cover State Workers Seeking Transgender Treatment

5: Advocates, activists urge coverage for transgender health care

Wren Vetens, 24, at home in Madison, Wis. Monday June 25, 2018. Vetens underwent genital reconstruction surgery and battled unexpected medical costs. Photo by Lauren Justice