Maine police officer, Brunswick resident speak on local demonstrations

By Dave Peck Medill Reports The state of Maine is almost 95% white. The town of Brunswick is roughly 90% white. But in the wake of George Floyd, protests have appeared around the country, regardless of demographic. This week, I spoke with Felix Abongo, a participant at last week’s protest, as well as a local […]

Old Lyme honors veterans despite parade cancellation

By Dave Peck Medill Reports The echo of “Taps” could be heard this past Memorial Day in Old Lyme to honor its veterans. With the annual parade canceled, few were in attendance on the Duck River Cemetery — no chatter, no applause, no gun salutes. Despite the small turnout, veterans like Robert Roser, 91, were […]

College football recruits commit to uncertainty

By Dave Peck Medill Reports When a high schooler commits to playing college football, they do so expecting a season. That’s not the case for this year’s class of recruits. For incoming freshman Jacob Horigan and transfer Max Jacobs, the decision to play football for Bowdoin College came amid the most unusual circumstances. Photo at […]

COVID-19: Stories from across America

By Dave Peck Medill Reports In this May 10-17 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the global pandemic is affecting local businesses, athletes, and public policy across the country. From Texas to Michigan, Connecticut to Florida, and everywhere in between, find out how the coronavirus is changing the way […]

TikTok Tawa: How a Stanford baseball player has gone viral amid COVID-19

By Dave Peck Medill Reports If you asked Stanford’s Tim Tawa, he’d tell you the key to TikTok is combining what you know with what you see. Since March, Tawa has been home getting swings in alongside lifelong friend and former teammate Will Matthiessen, who also played for the Cardinal before being drafted by the […]

With Old Lyme beach closures, businesses turn to takeout

By Dave Peck Medill Reports For some Old Lyme, Connecticut restaurants, summertime earnings make up 90% of their yearly revenue. With the town’s decision to indefinitely close public beaches, that number may shrink as fewer people visit the shoreline. For two local restaurants, COVID-19 measures have been met with optimism. Photo at top: A beach […]

Local fitness trainer goes virtual amid COVID-19 orders

By Dave Peck Medill Reports The first year of a new business can be stressful. The first year of a new business during a pandemic? Now that’s terrifying. But Bill Buscetto of Buscetto Performance Training has made the jump from in-person to online amid Connecticut’s stay at home orders. While online workouts aren’t ideal, Buscetto […]

With summer baseball in jeopardy, more than just games could be lost

By Dave Peck Medill Reports Imagine an internship, but for professional baseball hopefuls. That’s how many college baseball players approach playing for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. With uncertainty surrounding this summer season, Newport may have no baseball for the first time in 20 years. For players and residents in […]

Olympic rower resets after Tokyo 2020 postponement

By Dave Peck Medill Reports It all happened so fast: From intense physical training to rediscovering NBA Live 2003, U.S. Olympic rower Austin Hack shared his experience dealing with the Olympic postponement and the abrupt changes brought forth by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo at top: US Men’s 8 at 2016 Rio Olympics. (Barb Hack/Old Lyme)