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David M. Barreda

David M. Barreda is the visuals editor for ChinaFile, an online news magazine, and was previously a photographer at the Miami Herald, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Valley News, and a photographer and multimedia producer at the San Jose Mercury News. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


Putnam County Republican Party Headquarters. Cookeville, TN.

Losing Sparta

Summer 2014 | Reporting

One morning in November 2010, a Philips executive no one recognized drove up and walked into the plant, accompanied by a security guard wearing sunglasses and a sidearm. He summoned all the employees back to the shipping department and abruptly announced that the plant would be shut down. Though the workers didn’t know it at the time, most of their jobs would be offshored.