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Beyond the Report is an anthology series designed to take a deep look at issues surrounding the Lubbock community.

AJ McCleod: Turning Tragedy Into Action

AJ McCleod was raised by within the tight community of East Lubbock. Even after moving out of the neighborhood, he still considers it home. Following two tragedies that struck the McCleod family, ripping prominent men out of AJ’s life, ending gun violence became his mission. In this episode, AJ discusses the mission to better his community, which raises the question: could speaking out ultimately cost him his life, like so many Black men in history?

Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.
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