Erin, 38, is a 13-year reporter for The World-Herald. Following her Marquette University graduation, the Omaha native spent three years in south Louisiana with Teach for America. She has been at the paper since, covering education, government and issues affecting women and children. She covered the Hurricane Katrina response in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the aftermath of the Von Maur shooting and was on the reporting team that wrote about Omaha’s racial wealth gap and black poverty. Awards include the 2007 Thomas C. Sorensen for her work on the poverty series, and she was recognized by the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs for a 2009 story on Omaha’s lack of women in leadership. She is married with three children.
Grace has a dual role: She is a volunteer builder and reporting on the experience for the paper.
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Matt, 34, is an award-winning photographer who joined The World-Herald in 2002. The Brookings, S.D., native is a 2000 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has worked for Arlington (Texas) Morning News, The Idaho Statesman, The Wichita Eagle and the Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.). He was named Nebraska Photographer of the Year every year between 2002 and 2008 except for 2007, when he was runner-up for the award. His portraits and landscapes reflect a mastery of light. Miller said he entered journalism to “meet people you wouldn’t get to meet, ask questions that aren’t socially acceptable to ask of strangers and see different parts of the world.”
Miller’s role in Haiti is strictly as a journalist embed with Habitat for Humanity.