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About Carolyn
Carolyn Thompson is a Canadian journalist based in Berlin. Her work focuses on accountability, human rights, and refugee issues. She is trained as a data journalist, and often produces analytical, contextual stories.

Hire her for research support, data analysis, news coverage, media training, content creation, photography, video or radio recording.
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NYC, Philly finally get notable snow

17 Jan 2024  |  timesleader.com
Major East Coast cities including New York City and Philadelphia experienced significant snowfall, ending long periods without notable snow. The cold wave caused power outages, school closures, and travel disruptions across the U.S. At least four deaths in Portland were linked to the weather, and three homeless individuals in Milwaukee likely died from hypothermia. A Kentucky State Police helicopter rescued four stranded campers. Winter storm warnings and advisories were in effect across several states, with more snow expected. Despite the frigid temperatures, Buffalo Bills fans attended a playoff game, and former President Donald Trump won the Iowa caucuses.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

17 Jan 2024  |  theeagle.com
Oregon faces freezing rain after a weekend of extreme winds, while the U.S. grapples with cold weather that has closed schools and strained electricity supplies. Over 80,000 homes and businesses are without power, primarily in Oregon. The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, including Portland. Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operators requested voluntary power conservation. Six weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee. In New York City and Philadelphia, snow ended long periods without significant snowfall. The article also mentions incidents and responses to the weather, such as a long delay at Nashville airport, a Chicago man warming himself with a fire, and a snowball fight in Washington, D.C.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

17 Jan 2024  |  starexponent.com
Oregon and other parts of the U.S. face extreme cold weather, leading to power outages and school closures. Over 80,000 homes and businesses were without power, mainly in Oregon. The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, including Portland. Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operators requested reduced power usage. Weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee, and travel disruptions occurred nationwide. Snowfall ended long-standing droughts of snow in New York City and Philadelphia. Despite the harsh conditions, some individuals found ways to enjoy the snow.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

17 Jan 2024  |  wfmz.com
Oregon is facing freezing rain after a weekend of extreme winds caused power outages, while record cold temperatures across the Rockies, Great Plains, and Midwest strain electric grids. Over 80,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Oregon, are without power. Schools and federal offices in various cities, including Portland and Washington D.C., are closed due to the weather. The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon. In Tennessee, six weather-related fatalities have been confirmed, and in New Jersey, two people died in a collision with a snowplow. Despite the severe weather, some individuals find ways to enjoy the snow, such as a snowball fight in Washington and a man in Chicago continuing his routine of jumping into Lake Michigan.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

17 Jan 2024  |  kenoshanews.com
Oregon and other parts of the U.S. are facing extreme cold weather, with Oregon bracing for freezing rain after a weekend of strong winds that caused power outages. Record cold temperatures affected the Rockies, Great Plains, and Midwest, while snow allowed for play in New York City and Philadelphia. Over 80,000 homes and businesses were without power, mainly in Oregon. Schools closed in several major cities, and the National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon. Weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee, and travel disruptions occurred, including a lengthy delay for passengers on an American Airlines flight in Nashville. Snowfall in Buffalo, New York, is expected to continue, and despite the harsh conditions, some people found opportunities for enjoyment in the snow.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

16 Jan 2024  |  richmond.com
Oregon and other parts of the U.S. are facing extreme winter weather conditions, including freezing rain and record cold temperatures, leading to power outages, school closures, and transportation disruptions. Over 80,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Oregon, are without power, and the Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operator have requested reduced power usage. The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, and weather-related fatalities have been confirmed in Tennessee. Despite the severe weather, some residents find ways to enjoy the snow, while others struggle with the challenges it brings.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

16 Jan 2024  |  dailyprogress.com
Oregon and other parts of the U.S. face extreme cold weather, leading to power outages and school closures. Over 80,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Oregon, were without power, and the National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for the region. Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operators requested reduced power usage. Six weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee. In New Jersey, two people died in a collision with a snowplow. New York City and Philadelphia saw snowfall, ending long streaks without significant snow. Despite the harsh conditions, some residents found moments of joy and community.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

16 Jan 2024  |  Journal Times
Oregon and other parts of the U.S. face extreme cold weather, leading to power outages and school closures. Over 80,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Oregon, were without power, and the Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operator requested reduced power usage. The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, including Portland. Weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee, and travel disruptions occurred nationwide. In Chicago, individuals without homes sought shelter from the cold, while in Buffalo, New York, residents prepared for additional snowfall. Despite the harsh conditions, some found opportunities for enjoyment in the snow.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

16 Jan 2024  |  The Grand Island Independent
Oregon is facing freezing rain after a weekend of extreme winds that caused power outages. The U.S. is experiencing record cold temperatures, leading to school closures and strained electricity supplies. Over 80,000 homes and businesses were without power, mainly in Oregon. The Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operator requested voluntary power reductions. The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, including Portland. Weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee, and snowfall disrupted travel and led to accidents in several states. Despite the severe weather, some residents found opportunities for enjoyment in the snow.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

16 Jan 2024  |  Daily Nonpareil
Oregon faces freezing rain after a weekend of extreme winds, while the U.S. deals with cold weather that has led to school closures and strained electricity grids. Over 80,000 homes and businesses are without power, primarily in Oregon. The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, including Portland. Weather-related fatalities have been confirmed in Tennessee, and travel disruptions have occurred nationwide. In New York City and Philadelphia, snowfall ended long periods without significant snow. Despite the severe weather, some individuals found opportunities for enjoyment in the snow.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

16 Jan 2024  |  Elko Daily Free Press
Oregon is facing freezing rain after a weekend of extreme winds that caused power outages, while cold weather across the U.S. has led to school closures and strained electricity grids. Record cold temperatures affected the Rockies, Great Plains, and Midwest, with wind chills below minus 30 degrees. Over 80,000 homes and businesses were without power, predominantly in Oregon. The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for parts of Oregon, including Portland. Weather-related fatalities were confirmed in Tennessee, and heavy snowfall impacted various regions, including Nashville and Buffalo, New York. In Chicago, individuals without homes sought shelter from the cold, and in Philadelphia, residents enjoyed the snow after a long dry spell.

Winter storm: Oregon braces for freezing rain while cold temperatures elsewhere strain electric grids

10 Oct 2023  |  Lexington Clipper-Herald
Oregon braces for freezing rain following extreme winds that caused power outages, while record cold temperatures and snow affect various parts of the U.S., straining electric grids and closing schools. More than 80,000 homes and businesses are without power, primarily in Oregon. The Tennessee Valley Authority and Texas grid operator urge customers to reduce power usage. Severe weather impacts include significant snowfall in Alaska and Tennessee, with fatalities reported. Despite the harsh conditions, some communities find moments of joy, such as snowball fights in Washington, D.C., and children playing in the snow in Philadelphia.

NYC, Philly finally get notable snow

03 Oct 2023  |  Times Leader
Major East Coast cities, including New York City and Philadelphia, experienced significant snowfall for the first time in years, breaking long-standing snow droughts. The severe weather caused widespread power outages, school closures, and several deaths due to cold exposure. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings across multiple states, predicting continued snowfall and freezing rain. The cold snap also affected air travel and delayed an NFL playoff game. Despite the frigid conditions, former President Donald Trump secured a win in the Iowa caucuses.

South Sudanese refugees face hunger as life in Ugandan camps grows desperate

05 Apr 2023  |  CBC
The article discusses the dire situation of South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, focusing on the personal story of Mary Opia Phillip, a 32-year-old refugee struggling to feed her five children after fleeing the resurgence of fighting in South Sudan. The conflict, which reignited around the country's independence day, has led to over one million people fleeing South Sudan, with Uganda hosting upwards of 373,000 refugees. Due to the overwhelming influx of refugees, the Ugandan government, the UN refugee agency, and the World Food Program have had to halve food rations for those who arrived more than a year ago. The World Food Program, supported by international donations including from Canada, is facing a funding shortfall and needs an additional $20 million to maintain full food rations until the end of the year. Refugees like Opia Phillip are resorting to selling personal belongings for survival, and some are even contemplating a dangerous return to South Sudan to retrieve money and supplies.

Uganda's Struggle to Support South Sudanese Refugees

15 Mar 2023  |  deeply.thenewhumanitarian.org
The article by Carolyn Thompson reports on the challenges faced by South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, as the country struggles to maintain its model of providing land and resources for self-sufficiency amidst a surge in refugee numbers. Michael Inyani, a refugee, exemplifies the difficulties of starting anew on unsuitable land while dealing with injuries. Uganda's resources are stretched thin, with new arrivals receiving poor-quality plots and the UNHCR and Ugandan government planning to provide communal farm lands in the future. The Bidibidi camp, one of the world's largest refugee camps, lacks clean water and faces ration cuts due to funding shortages. The UNHCR and partners have appealed for funds to support the refugees, highlighting the growing humanitarian crisis.

When the bullets started flying, people had nowhere to run.

22 Aug 2017  |  CBC
The article reports on the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan's capital, Juba, where heavy fighting has resulted in at least 300 deaths and numerous injuries. The conflict, which erupted at the president's residence, has led to thousands seeking shelter at United Nations compounds. The violence is a continuation of tensions from a civil war that began in 2013, rooted in ethnic divisions and political rivalry. The UN camp is described as chaotic, with shortages of food and water, and the city's streets are empty except for military presence. Despite a declared ceasefire by President Salva Kiir, there is skepticism about its effectiveness. The article includes personal accounts from residents affected by the fighting, highlighting the fear and uncertainty they face.

This Week in Flyers

22 Aug 2017  |  windsorstar
The article focuses on the personal stories of Amy Graf and Nick McGuin, both residents of Windsor, Ontario, who are grappling with student debt and employment challenges. Amy Graf, a single mother and social worker, chose to stay in Windsor to be close to her daughter's social circle despite better job prospects elsewhere. She works multiple part-time jobs and still carries most of her student debt. Nick McGuin, on the other hand, moved to Fort McMurray to work for LoneStar West Inc. to pay off his debt and provide for his family. Despite the higher income, the separation from his family is a significant sacrifice. The article highlights the tough choices young graduates face between staying in their hometown with fewer job opportunities or relocating to places with better prospects but personal drawbacks. It also touches on the broader economic implications of such mobility for cities like Windsor.

In a few short bursts of gunfire, Tamma Joyce lost contact with her family — and her future.

22 Aug 2017  |  CBC
Tamma Joyce, a 19-year-old from South Sudan, was separated from her family amidst gunfire in the town of Lainya. She fled to Juba and then to Uganda, joining over 100,000 South Sudanese refugees seeking safety. Despite a ceasefire, violence persists, especially in southwestern regions. The influx of refugees has overwhelmed aid agencies and the Ugandan government. The UN and the Ugandan government, with aid from organizations like the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), are providing assistance at collection centers like Elegu. Refugees are medically screened, fingerprinted, and given wristbands for identification. The LWF, supported by Canadian funds, supplies refugees with essentials and helps build shelters. Joyce, now at Bidibidi refugee camp, hopes to reunite with her family and continue her education. The LWF representative is in Ottawa seeking additional support from Canada and advocating for an arms embargo and political pressure on the warring parties in South Sudan.
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