Deseret News: The End

Tonia Fox from San Francisco, runs towards a launching off point during a gather for women from around the United States at the Point of the Mountain to attempt a Buinness World Record of the most women kiting consecutively in Draper on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Milly Wallace’s, from Salt Lake City, parachute at the Point of the Mountain during an attempt a Guinness World Record of the most women kiting consecutively in Draper on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

CJ Brockway, from Seattle, kites her parachute during a gather for women from around the United States at the Point of the Mountain to attempt a Guinness World Record of the most women kiting consecutively in Draper on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Pleasant Grove High School against American Fork High School at American Fork on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The Murray High School Spartans against the Olympus High School Titans at Murray High School in Murray on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The Spartans went on to win 3 to 2 in overtime.

East High School Leopards defender Alec Hammond (11) looks up towards the sky after their loss against Alta High School during the 4A championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Alta won 1-0 to take the state title.

Children play in a splash pad after the ribbon cutting for the opening of Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Kids in the remote car (RC) class race their cars after school at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Park City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The school believes that some kids are at risk of drug addiction because they don’t have anything to do after school and created after school programs to keep kids active in positive activities.

Technology instructional coach Sam Thompson, called “Mr. T” by the students, left, and eighth grader Rory Buchanan, right, race during the remote car (RC) class after school at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Park City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The school believes that some kids are at risk of drug addiction because they don’t have anything to do after school and created after school programs to keep kids active in positive activities.

Jace Hilton sits on his fathers shoulders above the feather reeds as they search for trash on the beaches of Utah Lake as a part of a Earth Day celebration in Vinyard on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Around 200 people came out to participate in the clean up.

People pick up trash on the beaches of Utah Lake as a part of a Earth Day celebration in Vinyard on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Around 200 people came out to participate in the clean up.

His Eminence, Metropolitan JosephArchbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, celebrates Pascha (Easter) at St. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church after the Holy Fire is delivered from Wyoming in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The Khmer Dance Troupe perform “Robaim Aspara” during the 2017 Sacred Music Evening hosted by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Will Roat, from Logan, bears a temporary tattoo of Senator Bernie Sanders on his forehead while he waits in line outside the “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour at Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The crowd of around 3,000 listens to DNC Chair Tom Perez speak during the “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour at Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Family members surround Matt Hall during his funeral at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until his death the week of April 10.

*During the funeral of Matt Hall at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until dying the week of April 10.

Matt Hall Jr. pays his respects to his after  during his funeral at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. “I’m sorry you were paralyzed,” Matt Hall Jr. told his father. “I’m sorry you died.” Matt Hall Sr. was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until his death the week of April 10.

Matt Hall lays in his casket at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden during his funeral on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until his death the week of April 10.

Matt Hall Jr. sits on the steps of the Carver Mortuary after his father Matt Hall Sr.’s funeral in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until dying the week of April 10.

Nate Hall, 34, sits for a portrait in his uncle’s trailer in Ogden on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Hall lost his brother Matt when his attempt to commit suicide in the Weber County Correctional Facility left him paralyzed and later died due to complications.

Donna Norman stands for a portrait in her backyard in Orem Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The Norman’s son James C. Norman was a patient at the Utah State Hospital when he is accused of strangling his roommate, in the six years since he has been waiting in jail to stand trial.

James E. Norman stands for a portrait in his backyard in Orem Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The Norman’s son James C. Norman was a patient at the Utah State Hospital when he was accused of strangling his roommate, in the six years since he has been waiting in jail to stand trial.

The last few months have been incredibly busy but rewarding. Here’s a round up of some images shot during my last two months at the Deseret News. Ranging from paragliding ladies to a long-term project on the Utah State Hospital. I was very honored to work on a project like these during my time in Utah. The criminal justice system and its relation to mental health has always been an important topic for me and it was wonderful to work on such an important story that has started to make some true change. 

You can see the full story here.

Thank you always for looking. Up Next: my first month at the San Francisco Chronicle. 


Intermission: A brief return to college life

For a week I returned to college life on a spring break cruise to the Bahamas with four friends. I never take enough personal photos and wanted to make sure these wonderful moments remained in a place where I could reflect on them often. 

Now it is back to intern life, but I’m forever grateful for sunshine and belly laughs. 


Deseret News: Month Two

Members of the North Sevier High School Wolves girl’s basketball team react to their win against the Emery High School Spartans in the final round of the Girls High School 2A Championships at Snow College in Richfield on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The Wolves went on to win in overtime.

Out the window of the Twin Otter DHC-6  on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been flying over Salt Lake, Cache and Utah valleys to survey chemical conditions responsible for the formation of particulate pollution, known as PM2.5.

LT Robert Mitchell, air commander, and LT JG J.C. Clark, Copilot in the cockpit of the Twin Otter DHC-6and at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

4A Utah High School State Swimming Championships at BYU in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Around 300 people showed up to a public meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in the Snyderville Basin to discuss the rights of undocumented immigrants after the arrests last Friday of four Latino Park City residents by immigration officials in Park City on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

The University of Utah women’s gymnastics team, the Red Rocks, are cheered on by a crowd of over 15,000 people before their meet against Stanford University’s women’s gymnastics team in Huntsman Center on University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The University of Utah women’s gymnastics team, the Red Rocks, react to freshman MyKayla Skinner’s 10.00 score on the floor during the meet against Stanford University’s women’s gymnastics team in Huntsman Center on University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Miguel Fregoso, left, Paloma Velazquez, middle, and Emma Hopper, right, build robots out of legos during a Lego Camp at Zaniac Learning in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Protesters gather in front of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City for Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Amina Schlichter gathers with other protestors in front of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City for Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Protesters gather in front of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City for Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Lorine Docstader listens as members from Polygamist groups protest during a liberty march at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Former members of polygamist families counter protest  a liberty march held by polygamist groups at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Investigators work the scene of a double fatality car crash at 300 West and 700 North in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The blue car jumped the median hitting a 7 month pregnant woman in a red car. Two male passengers in the back of the blue car were killed and the woman is in critical condition.

Denis Heavner, West High School Tech Center Welding teacher, at the scene of the crash that killed one of her students earlier this afternoon at 300 West and 700 North in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. A car driven by a West High School student jumped the median hitting a 7 month pregnant woman in a red car. Two male passengers in the back of the blue car were killed and the woman is in serious condition.

Yesterday marked my second full month at the Deseret News. In this last month, I have shot an ungodly amount of high school basketball, photographed a polygamist rally, and covered my first fatality. I’ve seen communities come together to support their undocumented population and tears of all kinds fall. 

This month has had its ups and downs while I’ve been learning the art of balance. With five online classes, working six days a week, climbing/yoga and trying to have a social life, I have a lot up in the air. I’ve been focusing on how to turn a bland assignment into a creative challenge and pitching passion projects amongst the mass of sports.

Along with the jubilation of championship basketball games and flying with research scientists, I have learned a bit more about what this job truly means. 

I got a call about breaking news at 11am and showed up to a scene of a car crash not far from my office. Two cars full of teenage boys were drag racing and one crossed the median hitting another car. The two boys in the backseat were killed on impact and the seven month pregnant woman in the other car was in critical condition. Yesterday, I learned her baby was brain dead. This incident really shaped my last month. Having never photographed something like this before, I didn’t know how I was supposed to feel. I held it in and continued on to my next three assignments. The next morning while running errands, I stopped in Target and broke down in the candle aisle. It was the first moment of quiet I had since the accident. I am incredibly thankful for those in my life who are always there to offer advice and a shoulder to lean on, those who let me call them and ask the tough questions of how to handle something like this. I know this might seem naive to some, as they experience this regularly in their newsroom, but this one hit me hard. 

Remember to keep your hearts open and your heads up. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Love,

Nikki


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