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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Remembering the captives

Compassion | Poor conditions, violence plague Mississippi prisons
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/05/20, 04:46 pm

Janice Wilkens received an upsetting call from her son on Jan. 2. “He was devastated, and he was nervous,” she told WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn. “He wanted help right away.” Her son, 36-year-old Denorris Howell, was an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss., in the notorious Unit 29, where prison officials reported major disturbances due to gang violence.

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Long time staying

Religion | Richard Hornok expected to spend his life in ministry—but not all at one small church in Texas
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/30/20, 02:20 pm

First in an occasional series on long ministry

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An economic boom for some

Poverty | A thriving job market is good for those with the right training, but manual jobs are harder to find
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/22/20, 08:01 pm

While serving on the board of a homeless shelter in Indianapolis between 2002 and 2012, David Palmer sometimes led Bible studies for the people staying there. He regularly heard a similar refrain.

“When I would go, I would typically ask people, ‘How are you doing?’” he recalled. “And the answer was so often, ‘I’m looking for a job.’ And I heard that over and over and over again.”

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