Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an associate professor in the journalism department at the University of Cincinnati, as well as a contributor at WCPO-TV Digital, and a communications consultant with UC’s Office of the Provost. With 20-plus years of reporting and teaching experience, she received UC’s Just Community Award in 2011 for her teaching of diverse cultures in a wide range of Service Learning courses for journalism students. In 2013, she received the university-wide Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Award for her advising work with students.
Project description: The series—A Prayer for Winton Terrace: Sister Circle, The Hard Way, The Turning Point, The Poverty Mindset and Salvation—is the story of LaMonica Sherman, who grew up in Walnut Hills, now spends most of her days on a desolate strip of Winneste Avenue in the middle of Cincinnati’s oldest housing project. She takes God with her every day to Winton Terrace, where she’s determined to make a difference not only in the lives of the people who live there, but in her own.
In her own words: ““I don’t think you can be restored without acknowledging the richness that your experiences have given you, and for me, this felt like the work that needed to be done. I feel like I have benefited so much and worked really hard, but also learned a lot about the transformative power of storytelling. We talk about it a lot, but I actually saw it happen. That to me was incredibly gratifying. That restorative lens informed how I shaped the narrative, how I chose details and quotes. It offered me a framework upon which to hang the story of LaMonica’s life.”