Nancy Lavin

Social services, demographics and religion reporter, The Frederick News-Post

Award-winning reporter with four years experience in daily newspapers. Fueled by coffee, wine and great stories.


newest work

Enabling and Empowering: lacking state support, local agencies fill the gap for people with...
Destination frustration: how scarcity of public transportation hurts county's rural residents

Data-assisted reporting

Of the people: exploring representative democracy in Frederick County
Foreign territory: how social service agencies help non-native English speakers
Closing the gap: Maryland's gender gap is less than national average but persists
Learning the Lingo: County's foreign language speakers navigate English
A tale of two neighborhoods: how a new residential development is changing downtown Frederick
Hotel confusion: new estimates bump up cost for downtown hotel project to $84 million
The downtown hotel and conference center project has continued to change in size and scope since the idea was first presented several years ago. In this article, a colleague and...
Downtown hungers for food market: report shows demand outpaces option
Virtual medicine: technology helps connect patients fighting addiction to doctors from afar
Homelessness in our own backyard: data, observations shed light on issue in Frederick County
New data: slight population growth in Frederick County


Report highlights food shortfalls in county
Nowhere to go: Evicted from SHA property, homeless campers seek alternatives
Dine, sealed, delivered: for homebound seniors and the disabled, Meals on Wheels is an answer
How the flood of 1976 changed downtown Frederick
Beyond Dred Scott: the life and legacy of Roger Brooke Taney
Temple provides spiritual, community benefits for area Hindus
A long time coming: downtown hotel project has been eyed for more than a decade

War Stories: a six-part series for the 50th anniversary of Vietnam War

Battle Scars: Vietnam veterans haunted by memories decades after war
The first in a six-part series about local Vietnam veterans and the issues they face. This article took a look at two local veterans battling PTSD.
Heroism preserved: County women keep the stories of Frederick vets alive
The second in a six-part series, profiling volunteers who record Vietnam veterans' stories for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
After orange: Vietnam veterans fight lifelong effects of Agent Orange
Third in a six-part series, focused on Vietnam veterans battling various diseases and ailments associated with Agent Orange exposure.
Family ties: relatives work to keep veterans' stories alive
The fourth in a six-part series, highlighting how relatives of deceased Vietnam veterans remember and honor their service.
Vietnam vets seek camaraderie at service organizations
The fifth in a six-part series, examining Vietnam veterans' use of service organizations as support networks.
Willing and able: female veterans defied Vietnam-era norms
The last in a six-part series, profiling female Vietnam veterans and how their service contrasted with era norms.


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