zReportage.com Story of the Week #744: TUESDAY July 7, 2020: LOOKING GLASS: BIRTH IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS, by ZUMA Press Newspaper San Antonio Express-News’s 2015 Pulitzer finalist and recently NPPA’s coveted Morris Berman Citation winner, photojournalist extraordinary Jerry Lara and Investigative Team Reporter Hawaiian native Marina Starleaf Riker, 2018 Texas Star Reporter of the Year, excel together on special projects. This zReportage they tackle pregnancy in COVID-19 new normal world.’The only thing standing between us is this glass,’ Alex Benavidez told his wife, Kayla, as they grappled with COVID-19 restrictions during the birth of their daughter. The pandemic has spurred striking precautions in delivery rooms across Texas. COVID-19 restrictions meant that Kayla and Alex Benavidez couldn’t be in together during the birth of their second daughter. Instead Alex had to be outside, looking in through a window. Among Kayla’s first words to newborn Luna were that her dad was waiting right outside. Welcome to: The Looking Glass: BIRTH IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS.
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press