About Ell

When I was little (after realizing I could never grow up to be a professional race-car driver), I decided I’d grow up to be a field journalist. I wanted to interview people, learn their stories, and then write about them. This trek is a realization of that dream.


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Ángela was driving her car on a wet mountain road when she collided with an eighteen-wheel semitruck that had hydroplaned. The impact to the driver’s . . .

by Ell Hawley

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It takes an hour for Stan to get ready in the morning. As he stands, his wife, Deb, shaves him. The electric razor is new, and they’re still getting used to it . . .

by Ell Hawley

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The breeze blows through the pine trees, generating a low hum that makes you stop and listen to everything around you. This is the Mississippi Sandhill . . .

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Doing laundry on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi just got better. With its high-end machines, clean as could be, café tables, lounge chairs . . .

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Music from the jukebox plays as my waitress hums along. Shades block one wall of windows from the Mississippi sun. The air conditioning helps it stay cool . . .

by Ell Hawley