Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Expert witness: George Floyd died from lack of oxygen

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/08/21, 05:06 pm

A healthy person would have died under the conditions George Floyd faced during his attempted arrest in May 2020, said Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist at Edwards Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University’s medical school in Chicago. The defense for former officer Derek Chauvin plans to argue heart problems and the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system killed him, not Chauvin kneeling on his neck.

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Never too old to grow

Lifestyle | Otis and Fannie Fields had low expectations for their marriage—until they became Christians
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/08/21, 02:00 pm


Otis Fields met his future wife Fannie while working in the same office building as her near Houston, Texas. He noticed her good looks and would smile at her on the elevator. One Friday night in 1974, he asked Fannie out, and they went to a soul blues club downtown. Both enjoyed the date, but Fannie was unimpressed when Otis needed help getting downtown, then forgot where he parked. 

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Hope after a pandemic

Coronavirus | Following a year of coronavirus lockdowns, illness, and death, Americans rejoice at a vaccine and little steps back to normal living
by Emily Belz, Jamie Dean, Leah Hickman & Charissa Koh
Posted 4/08/21, 08:21 am

At New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, the flights stop each night to allow Queens residents to get some sleep. But in mid-March at Citi Field, the Mets baseball stadium next to LaGuardia, COVID-19 ­vaccine appointments continued all night long.

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