Janine has been crafting narratives and profiles about people and places for twenty years. She has an ear for the telling detail, the revealing anecdote. She immerses herself in the reporting, then writes the clear stories that take readers inside efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay by oyster farming, or the craft and anguish of writing massive books. She has stood in the swelter of an art glass studio, dodging sparks and thousand-degree objects of art while learning the science that makes glass both liquid and solid, and dug in the soil alongside a woman whose garden helped her survive treatment for throat cancer.

Her stories about personal finance, parenting, health, the environment and women’s issues have run in O Magazine, Distinction, More, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, TWA’s Ambassador, American Airlines’ American Way, US Air’s Attaché, Fitness, Parents, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Golf For Women, Women and Success and others.

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Destination Punta Cana

Among the many inviting Caribbean resorts, here's one that stands apart. The rock underfoot is calcified coral, the ferns prehistoric, barely changed from when this island was new some 40...
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Out in the Wild

Sweat bees swarmed over Nick Nichols’ hands, sucking the salt off him, deep in the jungles of central Africa. They crawled up his nose and into his eyes. Still he...
Photography by Keith Lanpher

Rooted in the Shore

In Chatham’s vines, centuries of tradition come together. There is a minerality to these Eastern Shore wines, a hint of slate and granite and the shells of creatures tossed ashore...
Photography by Todd Wright

The Shaman of Ramen

Animal, vegetable, mineral: Kevin Ordonez melds them in ways that keep Alkaline packed. (Try the tater tots.) Photography by Todd Wright Kevin Ordonez knows noodles. He...
Photography by KEITH LANPHER

Ain’t It Grand

Photography by KEITH LANPHER Small restaurant. Big taste. So worth the wait. Steve Marsh holds an octopus by its head cavity and lowers its body into...
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A Sacred Sound

Photography by Rich-Joseph Facun Dramatic classical music soars and swells through the neo-Gothic arches of Norfolk’s Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Kevin Kwan’s hands range over...
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Mike Jabbur

Photography by Eric Lusher Mike Jabbur’s hands slide over the column of clay, compressing here, pulling there, his fingers scissoring to stretch open the top, the...

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Farming Of The Future

photography by ROBERTO WESTBROOK Inside an arched and insulated 60-foot-long building down a dirt road behind Hunt Club Farm in southern Virginia Beach, 8,000 heads of...
photography by KEITH LANPHER

If the Shoe Fits

photography by KEITH LANPHER In its halcyon days, the Craddock-Terry Shoe Company’s Southland Factory Annex in downtown Lynchburg roared and rattled with enormous leather belts that turned...
Photography by KEITH LANPHER

Chow

photography by KEITH LANPHER Down at the north end of Colley, there’s a British guy who’s “not your grandmom” –though he and his colleagues sure cook...