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.


Regaining a lost love

Marriage | A crisis in Mark and Dorothy Looman’s marriage taught them to prioritize one another (First in a series on long marriages)
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/15/19, 04:13 pm

Two years into his first pastorate, Mark Looman sat down to lunch with his wife Dorothy and their two girls. From Mark’s perspective, everything was normal, but over the last eight years, Dorothy’s frustration had been silently building. At that lunch, it became too much: She told Mark she did not love him anymore and walked out the door. “I wasn’t sure if I’d even see her again,” Mark says.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rogelio V. Solis

Caring for children after immigration raids

Compassion | What happened to the children of immigrants arrested in Mississippi?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/14/19, 04:21 pm

A large-scale immigration raid on seven food processing plants in Mississippi last week sparked concerns about the welfare of the children of the 680 adults arrested. The raid took place on Wednesday, the first day of school, and reports circulated that children were coming home to find their parents gone. I called sources on the ground in Mississippi to find out what happened and who is taking care of the affected children.

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The incredible shrinking middle class

Economy | Data show positive gains in U.S. income over time
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/07/19, 04:16 pm

Contrary to claims by those on the far left, including Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, America’s shrinking middle class is nothing to complain about. A recent analysis by Mark Perry at the American Enterprise Institute shows more people are moving up in income, and wealth, not poverty, is diminishing the size of the middle class.

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