Minimum Wage Rises in Nebraska — and For Some, So Does Hope

Minimum Wage Rises in Nebraska — and For Some, So Does Hope

By Bobby Calvan

$30 a week: Minimum wage increase means that — and more. Read complete coverage in the Lincoln Journal Star. Sidebar: Companies challenging wage hikes elsewhere Life Stories: An ‘Everday Grind’ Life Stories: Every Dollar Adds Up Life Stories: Medical Bills a  Challenge Life Stories: Careers For Her Children Life Stories: Questions at the Car Wash Eric Bluford earns more than the minimum wage, but


Delving Deeper Into Poverty Among Nebraska Latinos

Delving Deeper Into Poverty Among Nebraska Latinos

Claudia Felix and her family have gone in and out of poverty over the years. (Photo by Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project) By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. — The


Hope Rises in a Place of Despair

Hope Rises in a Place of Despair

Basil Brave Heart, a Lakota elder, salutes the heavens and the forces of nature near a sacred medicine wheel in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (Photo by Bobby Caina Calvan) By Bobby Caina Calvan |


Domestic Violence Story Pushes Reporter Beyond Comfort Zone

Domestic Violence Story Pushes Reporter Beyond Comfort Zone

Lincoln Police Officer Tu Tran responds to a domestic violence call on a recent night. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln News1011.) By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. — Over the summer, a video


In western Nebraska, old-timers work to keep heritage from fading among U.S.-born Latinos

In western Nebraska, old-timers work to keep heritage from fading among U.S.-born Latinos

(Photo by Luis Peon-Casanova) Bianka Tovar adjusts her yellow skirt during a recent Mexican baile rehearsal, while Myah Villafranca (from left to right0, Jackie Martinez and Angelina Jurado watch. By Bobby Caina Calvan | The


Immigration Status Makes Driver’s Licenses Out of Reach For Some Young Nebraskans

Immigration Status Makes Driver’s Licenses Out of Reach For Some Young Nebraskans

Here’s the latest from The Heartland Project. The broadcast piece was in collaboration with AAJA member Mega Sugianto and Lincoln’s News 10/11 News. Jani Martinez helps her brother Enrique with homework. Martinez was 4 years


Partnerships growing stronger across the Heartland

Partnerships growing stronger across the Heartland

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Towns across America celebrated the Fourth of July with parades, much like the one in Norfolk that drew hundreds. Firetrucks streamed by sidewalks lined


Glory days of baseball fade among African Americans

Glory days of baseball fade among African Americans

Omaha Police Detective Kerrie Orozco huddles with her team during opening day of the police league’s baseball program. By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project OMAHA, Neb. – As a reporter with the Sacramento Bee


Partnership with NBCnews.com brings the Heartland to a national audience

Partnership with NBCnews.com brings the Heartland to a national audience

Officer Tu Tran on patrol in Lincoln, Nebraska. As one of only two Vietnamese officers on the police force, Tran serves as a crucial link between the city and its growing Vietnamese population. By Bobby


Latest Heartland story makes it a trifecta — print, television and, now, radio

Latest Heartland story makes it a trifecta — print, television and, now, radio

All renters in Fremont, Neb., must obtain a renter’s permit from the Police Department to move into an apartment or rental house. By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project MANILA — The Heartland Project’s first


High Schooler overcomes travails to graduate, ready to face next challenges

High Schooler overcomes travails to graduate, ready to face next challenges

Je’Kerra Hopper, 18, looks over her Lincoln Hightranscript. Next fall, she will attend Peru State College on a track and field scholarship. By Bobby Caina Calvan | Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. – Je’Kerra Hopper is 18