Crystal Champ walks the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She makes money by “flying a sign” at intersections, hoping to scrape together $60 on a really good day. Meeting Crystal and sharing her story has been an eye-opening look into the world of people most of us drive by without thinking too much about. This is the beauty of journalism, it helps reveal the world around us and hopefully enlightens our views of the world we live in.
We took Crystal Champ to dinner this week in Albuquerque. She bowed her head to pray right before eating. The update to her story is here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/15/health/police-officer-adopts-opioid-newborn-next-chapter-btc-beyond-the-call-of-duty/index.html
Remember the story of the New Mexico police officer who adopted the baby of a homeless heroin addict? This is Crystal Champ, we returned to Albuquerque and discovered an emotional follow up. Story airs Friday on @cnn
Capturing Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets as he holds Baby Hope. Watch and read this amazing story in this link:
One of the most heartbreaking interviews I’ve ever conducted. Talking with Crystal Champ, a homeless heroin addict, outside the tent where she lives. The reaction to her story has been overwhelming. Here’s the link: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/01/health/police-officer-adopts-homeless-opioid-newborn-btc-beyond-the-call-of-duty/index.html