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

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

Ben Franklin Store Closing, For Isthmus

The Ben Franklin store in Monona was a community staple on a month-to-month lease. The new owner of the building decided not to renew their lease. Read the story here.

 

MADISON, WI-JUNE 11, 2018: Customers buy what they can in the last days of business at The Ben Franklin store in Monona Monday, June 11, 2018. Tom Retzlaff, one of the owners, checks out a customer at the counter. The business’ landlord is not renewing their month-to-month lease. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JUNE 11, 2018: Customers leave notes of encouragement and love in the last days of business at The Ben Franklin store in Monona Monday, June 11, 2018. The business’ landlord is not renewing their month-to-month lease. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JUNE 11, 2018: Donna Birchfield, 50, has found a cart full of items to purchase in the last days of business at The Ben Franklin store in Monona Monday, June 11, 2018. Birchfield is saddened by the loss of the store, and the nostalgia that comes with a community staple like this. The business’ landlord is not renewing their month-to-month lease. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JUNE 11, 2018: Aisles are being cleared out in the last days of business at The Ben Franklin store in Monona Monday, June 11, 2018. The business’ landlord is not renewing their month-to-month lease. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JUNE 11, 2018: Customers buy what they can in the last days of business at The Ben Franklin store in Monona Monday, June 11, 2018. The business’ landlord is not renewing their month-to-month lease. Lauren Justice for Isthmus

Women’s March on Madison, for Isthmus

As many as 100,000 people participated in the Women’s March down State Street to the Wisconsin State Capitol on January 21, 2017. I was there for Madison’s local alternative weekly, Isthmus.

MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: Sagashus Levingston of Infamous Mothers cries as she addresses the crowd that gathered for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: Token Minority, a local band, performs for the crowd during the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus
MADISON, WI-JAN. 21, 2017: Joan Jacobson, 58, center, a social studies teacher in Madison, stands on the steps of the State Capitol. People gather for the Women’s March in Madison, WI Sat. Jan. 21, 2017. Lauren Justice for Isthmus

Fighting Compulsive Gambling: Sandra Adell, for The New York Times

Sandra Adell, 70, a literature professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spoke with The New York Times about her gambling addiction late in life. Adell, originally from Detroit, chronicled the struggles she encountered and survived coming of age in Michigan, the move to Madison, WI and the addiction that she never expected to have in her book “Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen.”

I photographed her in her office at the University.

MADISON, WI-APRIL 26, 2017: University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Sandra Adell sits for a portrait Wed. April 26, 2017 in her office. Adell is in recovery from an addiction to gambling, and is the author of the book, Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
MADISON, WI-APRIL 26, 2017: University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Sandra Adell sits for a portrait on campus Wed. April 26, 2017. Adell is in recovery from an addiction to gambling, and is the author of the book, Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen. Lauren Justice for The New York Times

Chris Reining, for The New York Times

A full page image of Chris Reining was featured in The New York Times for their special Wealth section last week.

Reining became a millionaire at the age of 35 and documents the process on his website, Mr. Everyday Dollar.

Here is a pdf of the published page, along with some outtakes from our shoot.

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Chris Reining for The New York Times
MADISON, WI -NOV. 1, 2015: Chris Reining, 36, poses for a portrait at Ground Zero Coffee in Madison, WI Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Reining is financially independent and reached the status of a millionaire at age 35. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
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MADISON, WI -NOV. 1, 2015: Chris Reining, 36, poses for a portrait in his neighborhood in Madison, WI Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Reining is financially independent and reached the status of a millionaire at age 35. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
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MADISON, WI -NOV. 1, 2015: Chris Reining, 36, poses for a portrait at Willy Street Park in Madison, WI Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Reining is financially independent and reached the status of a millionaire at age 35. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
Chris Reining for The New York Times
MADISON, WI -NOV. 1, 2015: Chris Reining, 36, poses for a portrait at Willy Street Park in Madison, WI Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Reining is financially independent and reached the status of a millionaire at age 35. Lauren Justice for The New York Times
Chris Reining for The New York Times
MADISON, WI -NOV. 1, 2015: Chris Reining, 36, poses for a portrait at his home in Madison, WI Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Reining is financially independent and reached the status of a millionaire at age 35. Lauren Justice for The New York Times