A joint effort between Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Newsy reports on how Louisville’s ambitious plans to transform police relations with the Black community disintegrated to the point that, five years later, the city became a national flashpoint when officers killed Breonna Taylor in her home. The investigation reveals critical mistakes that inform the ongoing national debate over police reform. 44 minutes. Co-Producer, Co-Reporter, Director of Photography. March 2022
In the next seven days of the heroin epidemic, at least 180 people in Greater Cincinnati will overdose and 18 will die. Babies will be born to addicted mothers. Parents will go to jail. Children will end up in foster care. This is normal now. Lead Producer, cinematographer, Editor. The photo staff of The Cincinnati Enquirer took one week to cover the heroin epidemic. Cochran organized, directed and edited dozens of hours of footage to create this Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary. Sept. 2017.
American Indian and Alaska Native women – the group most at risk of rape in America – face a unique set of hurdles when seeking justice for an assault on tribal lands. Newsy investigated what happens to sexual assault cases on two reservations in the Great Plains. Documents and dozens of interviews reveal perpetrators are allowed to go free with little or no punishment. October 2019. Co-Director, Co-Producer, Director of Photography, Co-Reporter, Field Producer, Editor. 2020 RFK Grand Prize
The death of George Floyd has upped the pressure on states to change their use-of-deadly-force laws, some of which are more than 40 years old. Producer, co-reporter, editor.
The opening day of baseball is something special to the town that prides itself on having the first professional team. Cincinnati didn't invent the day. It just seems like we did. After six months of cold and clouds and darkness at 5 o'clock, who would not be utterly and entirely ready for the light of Opening Day? Published April 4, 2017.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard says his dad never talked about the struggles he endured as a kid. Yvens Bernard, a Haitian refugee, arrived in America without even a shirt on his back. Filmed, edited and produced by Carrie Cochran, November 2015.
For Withrow High School student Daniel Sumuni, soccer is everything. He lived in a refugee camp for 15 years after most of his family escaped war in the Congo. But, because of his age, Ohio says he can no longer play high school soccer. Directed, shot and edited by Carrie Cochran. April 2015.
Kara and Adam Ayers of Mason, who both have osteogenesis imperfecta – a type of dwarfism, traveled to China to adopt a Eli, who also has a form of dwarfism. International adoption is largely more accessible to parents with disabilities than domestic. Shot, edited and produced by Carrie Cochran. Premiered at Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, March 2015. Published online July 2015 to mark ADA's 25th anniversary.
Joe Neyer of Oxford, Ohio, a member of a family of prominent Cincinnati builders, was diagnosed with the most aggressive brain cancer. Joe, a quirky guy with a vision, allowed a photographer and reporter to chronicle the last months of his life. Filmed, edited and produced by Carrie Cochran. July 2015.
Prerna Gandhi of Rothak, India came to Cincinnati for treatment at Shriner's Hospital for Children after being attacked by acid. She became an inspiration to Graci Doll of Reading, and the other students at Mt. Notre Dame, but didn't understand why. Feb. 2016.
Rashid Abdullah, 65, of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission challenges the black community to do more for its children. Avondale is one of 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods, yet one in five of the city's homicides has occurred there this year. Shot, edited and produced by Carrie Cochran. July 2014.
Michael Vanderburgh was abused by a priest as a child. Years later, he struck up a relationship with an elderly priest who had admitted abusing kids. “God put this opportunity into my life.” June, 2017.
Ryan Mulligan, a University of Cincinnati DAAP professor, is making ten short films about people in Walnut Hills. One of them features Courttney Cooper, an artist and Kroger bagger, who also has autism. Produced by Carrie Cochran. (Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival - March 2015.)
Tom Tsuchiya had a specific vision for his latest statue at Great American Ball Park. He knew Pete Rose had to be flying headfirst into third base. What he didn't know how he was going to turn his vision into reality. June, 2017.
After at least seven failed attempts at rehab, Desi Sandlin's parents' fear finally came true. Kenny and Lori Sandlin of Florence, Ky., had to bury their 22-year-old daughter. They plea for better treatment options. More info: cin.ci/1o7lsys Produced by Carrie Cochran. May 2014.