Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage Nears Crescendo

Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage Nears Crescendo

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. – Debate over same-sex marriage has been long and contentious. The battle could soon be over, settled in courtrooms in Nebraska and the nation’s


Delving Deeper Into Poverty Among Nebraska Latinos

Delving Deeper Into Poverty Among Nebraska Latinos

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. — The Heartland Project last month reported on Claudia Felix and other Nebraskans who would be affected by the rise in the Cornhusker State’s


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

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

$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


Hope Rises in a Place of Despair

Hope Rises in a Place of Despair

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a wide expanse of meadows and buttes in South Dakota. Bison roam the plains. Mule deer


Domestic Violence Story Pushes Reporter Beyond Comfort Zone

Domestic Violence Story Pushes Reporter Beyond Comfort Zone

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. — Over the summer, a video surfaced apparently showing pro football player Ray Rice hitting his fiancée. The incident put Rice and the National


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

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project We all know that the Latino population is growing rapidly. But many of us don’t realize that most of that growth is not from the arrival


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. By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project LINCOLN, Neb. —


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


Glory days of baseball fade among African Americans

Glory days of baseball fade among African Americans

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project OMAHA, Neb. – As a reporter with the Sacramento Bee not long ago, I had the privilege of covering a diverse range of stories – from


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

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

By Bobby Caina Calvan | The Heartland Project The Heartland Project is foremost about partnering with Nebraska’s newsrooms. But it’s also about letting the rest of America in on a secret: There’s diversity in