Leah Hickman

Leah is a WORLD Magazine reporter.

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Twists of grace

Disasters | Six years after a tornado outbreak hit the Midwest, surviving families remember the devastation and the recovery
by Leah Hickman
Posted 11/07/19, 12:46 pm

Dan and Carol Learned were at church half an hour away when a tornado hit their Washington, Ill., neighborhood. As the congregation returned from the church basement, cell phones began to vibrate and buzz with updates from Washington. A neighborhood friend texted one of the Learned kids: “The whole street’s gone.”

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Call the doula

Life | An unplanned pregnancy in high school gave volunteer doula Tammy Stevens compassion for young women in similar circumstances
by Leah Hickman
Posted 10/23/19, 11:58 am

A young woman in a flowy pink shirt sits next to her mom in the waiting room of an OB-GYN office in Midland. She’s quiet and seems a little nervous. Unmarried and 21 years old, she’s 32 weeks pregnant.

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North to South

Politics | The summer migration crisis sparked a big migration for border officers too 
by Leah Hickman
Posted 9/26/19, 04:19 pm

It’s a warm morning in early autumn at the Michigan-Ontario border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers Ken Hammond and Greg Calhoun stand in a closed lane at the Port Huron primary inspection booths in their dark blue uniforms. It’s overcast, but both men wear sunglasses. Behind them, cars, RVs, and semitrucks split into their assigned lanes as they approach the booths from the Blue Water Bridge. The bridge, which connects the United States and Canada over the St.

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