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Humera Lodhi

Humera Lodhi

Humera Lodhi grew up in Columbia, Missouri and specializes in data-driven journalism. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in statistics and journalism from the University of Missouri. She joined The Star after completing a master’s degree at Columbia University and a fellowship at The Marshall Project, a journalism nonprofit focused on criminal justice issues.

Missouri schools with lower state funding suffered higher rates of gun violence

By: - September 14, 2021

Christian Rich has seen more death and violence at age 15 than many experience in a lifetime. His best friend, cousin, and a number of classmates have all been killed with guns. At school, his grief comes out in different ways: fights, arguments with teachers, sometimes walking out of class altogether. He was only in the classroom […]

‘We should be doing more’: In St. Louis and KC, fixing vacancy reduces gun violence

By: and - August 1, 2021

ST. LOUIS At first, Chassidy Howard thought she was hearing fireworks. Then she felt the pain in her leg. It was excruciating — she had been shot. Howard fell down behind a car and listened to her grown son Buddy call out from down the street. “Mama, mama, I’ve been hit! I’ve been hit!” Buddy […]

In Kansas City, a wave of evictions could push gun violence to new extremes this year

By: and - May 23, 2021

KANSAS CITY — When Bryan Murrell first found the house, he could barely imagine anyone had ever lived there. It was boarded up, filled with trash, everything in complete disarray. But Murrell, a part-time home renovator, knows this house on a corner of Prospect Avenue in Kansas City’s Washington-Wheatley neighborhood can be a happy home […]