Ciara O’Rourke is a freelance writer living in Austin, Texas. A former reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, she was a 2015–16 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism. She’s also written for The New York Times, Playboy, and Wired, among others.

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While in Custody: The Fight to Stop Jail Deaths in Washington State

When an inmate dies in Washington state, the question of who is to blame often goes unaddressed. Meet the families, and their lawyers, who want answers.

03/20/2017 By Ciara O'Rourke Photography by Mike Kane

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The Other Sister

As many as 700,000 adults in the U.S. with a disability like autism live with parents or another family member who is 60 or older. What happens when those caregivers are gone? One sibling confronts her past and likely future.

10/19/2016 By Ciara O'Rourke