Jae Wasson

Jae is a contributor to WORLD and WORLD's first Pulliam fellow. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College, and she writes the Human Race page for WORLD Magazine. Jae resides in Corvallis, Ore.

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Life at Brookwood

Lifestyle | Texas organization provides meaningful jobs for dozens of handicapped adults
by Jae Wasson
Posted 1/06/17, 04:00 am

Gracie Kiltz was born with Down syndrome. At age 2 she developed leukemia. At 3, a nurse’s mistake left her in a vegetative state, with a severe brain injury. The doctors said she would never smile again.

Erin Kiltz, Gracie’s mother, nearly despaired. Every night her older children prayed for Gracie to smile again. Kiltz almost wished they wouldn’t. She figured they would be disappointed when their prayers weren’t answered.

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Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

Political football

Sports | Campaign and Colin Kaepernick bring divisions to the gridiron
by Jae Wasson
Posted 10/14/16, 01:00 am

The football season offers a break from news of politicians, police shootings, and international persecution. But this season the line between politics and football is blurred. The protests San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick began are spreading across the country as NFL players kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem. A recent poll from Rasmussen Reports found more than one-third of surveyed Americans saying they are less likely to watch the NFL games because of the protests.

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Sowing fear

Isis | Why are ISIS-affiliated groups putting random Americans on hit lists?
by Jae Wasson
Posted 9/30/16, 01:00 am

John and Beth (we’ve agreed not to use last names because a group associated with ISIS is threatening to kill them) were laughing easily one July morning. They were on vaction, the weather felt perfect, and their daughter had texted good news about their sick grandchild.

After breakfast on the patio at Panera, they wandered back to the city, stopping at a garage sale where Beth found a jogger stroller for $5. Then their daughter called.

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