Long Reads

  • October 14, 2015

    As you well know, good journalists are trained to ask relevant questions, dig deep for facts, and check the reliability of their sources. For Columbia news anchors (and avid health enthusiasts) Dawndy Mercer Plank and Alicia Barnes, these skills come in handy as they explore a plethora of information associated with the benefits of a plant-based diet.

    Dawndy, Co-anchor for WIS News 10, and Alicia Barnes, Co-anchor for ABC Columbia, are regular customers at Good Life Café. Their passion for healthy eating has inspired us for a long time, so we asked if we could report on them for a change!  Their story is good news, especially for those who want to lose weight and overcome health issues, but don’t know how or where to begin.


    Alicia was overweight during her childhood. She ate many “Standard American Diet” (SAD) foods, and often ate what she wanted, and as