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Anne Helen Petersen
Senior Culture Writer / Western Correspondent, . DMs open. Tell me my next story: anne.helen.petersen@buzzfeed.com
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Erin Pack 18m
Born and raised Waco native here. This article is *dead on.*
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Anne Helen Petersen 57m
Replying to @saba_h
Oh I'd be so interested to hear her take
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Replying to @scott_a_ross
honestly so disappointing
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Rebecca Keegan 2h
I often wonder about the parts of Waco that don’t want to be “fixed.” Smart piece that captures the complexity of this empire made of shiplap.
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Anne Helen Petersen 2h
Replying to @courtshea
That seems to be VERY slightly shifting
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Anne Helen Petersen 2h
This piece went through so many drafts & I'm so grateful to & for getting it to its current form. And just perfect photos from @
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Anne Helen Petersen 2h
Replying to @annehelen
There are a lot of people trying to make sure growth doesn't happen in a gross and gentrifying way — but there's also a question of what "restoration" looks like in practice, esp. when it comes to "fixing' a community
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Anne Helen Petersen 2h
Replying to @annehelen
To me, this is a story of a company town, but the company is an interwoven mix of Magnolia (Chip & Jo), Baylor (their college), and Antioch (their church). Residents are defined, in many ways, by their proximity to each of those entities.
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Anne Helen Petersen 2h
Replying to @annehelen
Reporting the story of a town is very difficult! I did more than 40 interviews, roamed all around Waco, read so much Magnolia Journal and Chip & Jo Branded Content, watched endless hours of Fixer Upper, and there's so much that didn't make it in.
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Anne Helen Petersen 2h
I spent the last 6 weeks reporting this story on "The New Waco," post Fixer Upper — and what life looks like after 50,000 people start coming to your town every week to buy shirts:
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Anne Helen Petersen 19h
F&F, Shakespeare and Co, Book Exchange (good used), Bird's Nest (weird used)
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Adam Wren 20h
Here are two kickers—one from the Times, one from Buzzfeed—about the South Bend police tapes case and 1000 houses in a 1000 days, respectively; both from Regina Williams-Preston, who is running to succeed Buttigieg. ;
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Anne Helen Petersen 20h
Replying to @jwboyes
Yes!!! So great.
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Anne Helen Petersen 20h
This is truly awesome.
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Anne Helen Petersen 21h
Replying to @jessekodadek
I mean it's weird!
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Anne Helen Petersen 21h
Replying to @annehelen
Missoula sustains FOUR bookstores! (2 are incredible spaces filled with new books, one is an expansive used book store, one is the SO WEIRD in that perfect weird bookstore way)
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Anne Helen Petersen 21h
Sometimes I wince at the price tag at my local book stores, but then I remind myself what incredible assets they are to the community and that all Amazon's done for my community is fill my garage with cardboard. This thread is an essential reminder.
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Anne Helen Petersen 21h
"Motherhood tips from a content farm." This is FASCINATING
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Anne Helen Petersen 22h
"Tell your brother-in-law to shut his damn mouth."
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Anne Helen Petersen 23h
excerpt without context from my reporter's notebook last night: "Jesus really was the greatest free speech advocate of all time"
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