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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Vehicle rams barricade outside Capitol

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/03/21, 11:38 pm

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has died after a driver crashed into a barricade on Constitution Avenue in Washington on Friday. Police shot and killed the driver, who exited his vehicle brandishing a knife and ran at two officers after crashing into them. The incident occurred near the Senate entrance to the Capitol. The building went on lockdown just after 1 p.m. Congress is in recess, and President Joe Biden left the White House earlier on Friday for Camp David.

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U.S. and Iran to resume nuclear talks

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/02/21, 04:22 pm

President Joe Biden said he would prioritize rejoining the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2018. But Iran insisted the United States lift sanctions first. The two countries on Friday announced they would begin negotiations through intermediaries next week in Vienna for the United States to rejoin the agreement. The announcement came after the European Union arranged a virtual meeting between countries that originally signed on.

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Potential witness in Chauvin trial to plead the Fifth

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/01/21, 04:19 pm

The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continued on Thursday with Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s girlfriend, testifying about their struggle with addiction. Ross, 45, told the jury that she and Floyd, who died after Chauvin restrained him, both experienced chronic pain and turned to illegal drugs after using prescription painkillers. She described their efforts to get sober and said in March 2020 she drove Floyd to the hospital because he overdosed.

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