Shaker Grad Wins a Pulitzer Prize

Fatal Force HeightsShaker Heights High School graduate, Wesley Lowery, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize on April 18, 2016. Lowery, only 25, was part of a team from the Washington Post that was awarded a Pulitzer in the national reporting category. After learning that there were no official statistics about fatal shootings by police officers, Lowery and his team created a database called “Fatal Force.” The information analyzed patterns in law enforcement and detailed fatal shootings by police officers. The database is based on news reports, public records, social media and other sources and reveals the details of 990 fatal police shootings across the nation in 2015. Lowery compiles this information and presents it clearly and simply enough that even my 5th grader was impacted by the details of his findings.

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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."