Emily E. Smith

Journalist. Writer. Editor.

In an extraordinarily rare case, Benito Vasquez-Hernandez spends two-and-a-half years in jail as a witness, waiting to testify. Also: Read a follow-up on his release. 

Questions persist after a 2-year-old boy's fatal morphine overdose.

A look back at the night that changed the National Park Service forever.

How does a small timber town recover from a mass shooting? Experts weigh in.

A murder suspect vanishes, leaving his son to bear the blame.

Librarians hit the streets to bring a wide variety of literature to homeless patrons.

The science of a pretext phone call.

News that taking upskirt photos in secret was not against the law went viral and helped change state law. Also: Read my quick explainer on the law here.

A bank robber is sentenced for killing his getaway driver.

Sexual abuse or "wardrobe malfunction"? A jury considers a teenager's indecency.

The king of an organic-bread empire avoids a stay in the state hospital.

An insider's guide to the best of Bridgetown in the summertime.

The story of the oldest ceramics residency in the U.S.

Where the artifacts of disease investigations worldwide find a home.