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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ISIS claims credit for twin bombings in Afghanistan

by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/06/18, 11:53 am

UPDATE: Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s twin bombings in Kabul. The death toll in the attack climbed to 26 people overnight, the Afghan news site Khaama Press reported.

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Change from within

Compassion | Prisoners attempt to organize a strike and demand reform
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/29/18, 03:21 pm

Prison reform activists are celebrating a national prison strike to improve wages and living conditions for inmates, but officials in several states deny the strike is happening.

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Papered over

Higher Education | Biblical truth-telling at college newspapers can sometimes conflict with the way administrators want to portray the school. Here’s a case study of how Liberty University handled the tension last spring
by Charissa Koh, Liz Rieth & Isaiah Johnson
Posted 8/16/18, 03:48 pm

Liberty University junior Jack Panyard rejoiced on March 16 when newspaper adviser Deborah Huff told him he would be 2018-19 editor-in-chief of the weekly Liberty Champion—circulation 16,000.

For Panyard and the 15 other undergrad students on the college newspaper staff, the Champion was a beloved part of their daily lives. They hustled to the newspaper office between classes to write, edit, or just hang out. They spent weekends there. Panyard kept textbooks in the office and extra clothes in his desk in case he had to work through the night.

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