Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Income minus work

Compassion | Campaign season brings back a flawed idea for fighting poverty
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/11/19, 05:10 pm

The midsize city of Stockton, Calif., grants some residents an extra special perk: $500 a month in additional income. The money, part of a privately funded poverty-fighting experiment, allows 31-year-old Jovan Bravo to take off from his construction job every other Saturday.

“It’s made a huge difference,” Bravo said. “Just being able to spend more time with the wife and kids, it brings us closer together.”

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Proper payment

Effective Compassion | How will state governments spend the money gained from opioid lawsuits?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/04/19, 05:32 pm

Court cases against opioid manufacturers are starting to make big bucks for the nation’s hardest-hit states. With potentially billions of dollars coming in, advocates for victims and their families want to make sure the money goes to help the people who need it most.

Opioid makers are dumping hundreds of millions of dollars in state coffers.

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Gained in translation

Marriage | The Griffithses overcame challenges to build a marriage in the mission field (Second in a series on long marriages)
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/29/19, 02:22 pm

Four years after they married in 1954, Charlotte and Dick Griffiths moved to the jungle of Indonesia to translate the Bible into the Hatam language. Living among the isolated tribe intensified normal marriage stresses but also brought them closer to each other and to God. Dick, now 90, has mild dementia, but Charlotte remembers both hard times and good times.

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