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.

Illustration by Cap Pannell

God always provided

Lifestyle | Ron and Sandra Johanesen strove to trust God—and each other—while raising a family and living on a single income
by Charissa Koh
Posted 7/02/20, 05:07 pm

15th in a series on long marriages

High-school senior Ron Johanesen was visiting his best friend Leeroy’s house after a game of mud football when he first noticed Leeroy’s sister—a “beautiful blond girl.” Ron learned he and Sandra went to the same Portland, Ore., church. He soon asked her to be his date for a formal event at school.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ben Margot (file)

Changing policing for good

Compassion | The movement for law enforcement reforms gains momentum
by Charissa Koh
Posted 6/24/20, 02:56 pm

An article written by retired officer Randy Petersen about police reform two years ago saw a spike in views recently when he posted it on his LinkedIn page.

“More people [were] interested in that in the last six weeks than probably in the last two years combined,” said Petersen, who now works for Texas Public Policy Foundation researching law enforcement and criminal justice issues.

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Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

Waiting out a pandemic

Coronavirus | In 2019, the U.S. organ transplant program logged its seventh consecutive year of record-high transplants. The coronavirus threatens to reverse that trend
by Charissa Koh & Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/17/20, 04:38 pm

In 2003, registered nurse Michael Twitchell accidentally discovered he had a rare heart disorder while troubleshooting an electrocardiogram monitor. He attached the leads to his chest and saw “some really weird EKGs,” he says. A year later, he received a diagnosis: idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy, a condition that expands the heart’s atria, or upper chambers, like balloons. Without a heart transplant, patients with the disease will die because their heart cannot pump enough blood.

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