Annette John-Hall

Keystone Crossroads Reporter

Annette John-Hall is the WHYY reporter for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public media initiative focused on the problems facing Pennsylvania's cities and possible solutions.

Before WHYY, Annette was an award-winning metro columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she sat down with President Obama, asked Allen Iverson about his cornrows and ate sweet potato pie with civil rights icon John Lewis.

She also helped build a writing program in West Philadelphia and promoted accessible higher education at the Community College of Philadelphia before returning to journalism in 2017.

Annette holds a journalism degree from San Francisco State University and is a native of Berkeley, Calif., where protest is encouraged but not mandatory.

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James Earl Davis, a Professor of Urban Education at Temple University and his golden doodle, Baldwin, pictured in his home in East Germantown.
Brad Larrison for WHYY

Temple University education professor James Earl Davis and his partner moved into their stately 150-year-old Victorian home in East Germantown in 2001, at a time when the neighborhood was, well, iffy.

“The car was broken into around 2002 because there was money and CDs on the front seat. They broke the window and got those, but that was kind of an urban novice error,” Davis recalled with a knowing laugh.

Claudia Sherrod (left) and Haley Dervinis (right) both live in Point Breeze. Although Dervinis is a newcomer, she's also wary of the rapid change.
Emma Lee / WHYY

Debbie Bell knows what it is to be made to feel like an afterthought.

She’s a lifelong resident of Point Breeze, a historically low-income African-American neighborhood in South Philadelphia that’s seen a lot of change lately.

To hear longtime neighbors like Bell tell it, Point Breeze used to be about pride. It was mothers cooking collard greens. People pulling together to help each other make the rent when times got hard. It was friendly competitions to see who had the tidiest block.

It was about community.

Harrisburg capitol building with roses.
Matt Rourke / AP Photo

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