He’s beating the odds. Northeast High star has big dreams, big challenges

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Deion Barnes is ranked as the sixth-best defensive end in the country, and he has narrowed his choices of big-time football programs. With football season fast approaching, he faces his biggest challenges and decisions, some right outside his front door. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Kia Gregory is a journalist drawn to people living on the margins. In her work, Gregory often shows how people and their neighborhoods are affected by public policy. She has covered local politics, education and criminal justice, and won numerous awards for her enterprise reporting and narrative writing. Gregory has written for magazines such as The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New Yorker, and has been on staff at the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Weekly. This site contains a selection of her stories. Gregory, a Philadelphia native, lives in New York, and can be contacted at kiagregory@live.com.