David P. Ball

David P. Ball is a freelance writer and photojournalist in Vancouver, B.C., on Coast Salish territories. Find him at davidpball.net and @davidpball on twitter. 

In love with photojournalism since he was eight, David studied professional writing and political science at the University of Victoria, following that passion to the Middle East where he reported from the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war. He has been published in more than 20 publications.

Missing Women Inquiry resumes next week, but will it make a difference?

The New Year sees Round Two of the inquiry into the botched Pickton investigation, but many questions remain.

Murdered UBC student Ximena Osegueda Magana was a 'beautiful shining soul', says capoeira friend

Friends of slain student Ximena Osegueda Magana, 39 are 'devastated' after the Hispanic studies researcher and capoeira performer was found murdered in Mexico this week.

Abbotsford laundry-burglar caught mid-cycle in neighbour's home

Police are raising questions after a modern-day Goldilocks was found doing his laundry in a neighbour's house this week - even insisting it was his own home.

American guns, Canadian deaths

With four in the Lower Mainland dead and another wounded since Christmas Eve, VO investigates the source of the guns.

Despite death and overdose, therapeutic Ecstasy shows promise

Recent overdoses from the illegal drug Ecstasy have led to warnings from police, but some worry that misconceptions about the drug will stall important research into trauma treatment.

Holiday gun violence leaves death and soul searching in its wake

The shooting scene of student Alok Gupta – who was filling in for friends at their corner store when he was killed on Christmas Day – is marked by three fresh bouquets of flowers placed near the door...

Feist, Bon Iver, Radiohead: Best indie albums of 2011

Like "alternative" in the 90s, "indie" is an ill-defined genre overall, but one with a thriving Vancouver scene. VO reviews some of the best albums of the year.

Occupy the New Year: Reflections on covering a global movement

From tragedy to community, critique to inspiration, reporting on Occupy for VO yielded hopes for the New Year.

Noche de rábanos: Digging to the root of Oaxaca's Christmas radish festival

Ever heard of radishes the weight and size of a watermelon? In one Mexican city, carving them is a holiday tradition.

Christmas in Vancouver's brothels and sex work strolls

What are the holidays like for one of our city's most marginalized communities? VO brings you into Vancouver's brothels and onto its street corners to find out.