Emily Harger


Role: Co-Director, Co-Producer

In 2013, Robyn Allen received a 20-year sentence for trafficking in illegal drugs. She says she sold methamphetamine to support her family after a back injury left her without work. But the reasons Allen started using the drug run much deeper. In spite of taking measures to reduce its long-standing record as the No. 1 incarcerator of women in the country, Oklahoma keeps locking up women at more than twice the national average. Oklahoma incarcerates 151 out of every 100,000 women, often given harsh sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. This has taken its toll on several generations of women in the state.

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Role: Co-Director, Co-Producer, Cinematographer

Dr. Jennifer Schneider lost her 31-year-old daughter, Jessica Wing, to colon cancer in 2003. To this day, Schneider wonders whether there was a link between her daughter being a three-time egg donor and her diagnosis. But because there are no studies of the long-term risks of egg donation, Schneider may never know if the procedure had something to do with why her daughter was diagnosed with colon cancer at such a young age. She has become a strong advocate for egg donor studies and an egg donor registry.

Listen to the related Reveal radio documentary here.

Produced for The San Francisco Chronicle's "The Regulars"

San Francisco Bird Hotel owner Brigit Soyka opened her business in a South San Francisco warehouse after recognizing the need in the Bay Area for travelers to have somewhere to board their birds. Soyka fell in love with birds because they represented the feeling of freedom she felt while racing motorcycles professionally in Germany and southern California.

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