Graduation Date

Winter 12-13-2019

Grading Professor

Carrie Brown

Subject Concentration

Social Journalism

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


In October 2018, Maddie Linsenmier died as a result of opioid-use disorder. Her sister, Kate O’Neill, wrote an incredibly humanizing obituary, which was published in Seven Days, and went viral. Individuals from all over the world were commenting on the obituary, sharing their own stories of people they love and lost as a result of opioid-use disorder.

As a result, in January 2019, Seven Days hired Kate O’Neill to write a year-long series called Hooked: Stories and Solutions for Vermont’s Opioid Crisis. And Seven Days deputy publisher Cathy Resmer proposed a related project: an online memorial that would allow families to memorialize their loved ones the way Kate did for Maddie, to awaken empathy for the opioid-use disorder community — our community.

In the spring, Cathy hired myself and Claire Skogsberg to help develop what is now All Our Hearts.



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