Report for America announced April 23 the selection of 225 journalists for its 2020-21 reporting corps. The new cohort will be placed with more than 160 local news organizations across 46 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
These reporting positions come at a time when local journalism is already reeling from years of newsroom cuts and unforeseen challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also mark a major expansion from the current corps size of 59, of whom, more than 90 percent are returning.
Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities through its reporting corps. It is an initiative of the nonprofit news organization, The GroundTruth Project.
The full list of 2020-21 corps members is here.
These are the New England publications, journalists and projects included in the program.
Connecticut Public – Brenda Leon, Latino communities
Connecticut Public – Ali Oshinskie, The Naugatuck River Valley, especially blue-collar families
The Connecticut Mirror – Yehyun Kim Photojournalism, especially in communities of color
The Connecticut Mirror – Kelan Lyons, Mental health and criminal justice
Pine Tree Watch – Katie Brown, Statewide energy and environmental issues
Pine Tree Watch – Samantha Hogan, State legislature and education
Pine Tree Watch – Journalist to be announced, Healthcare watchdog, post-COVID-19
Bay State Banner – Morgan Mullings, State legislature and Boston’s African-American communities
The Berkshire Eagle – Daniel Jin, Legislation affecting rural western Massachusetts
WCAI – Eve Zuckoff, Climate change impact in Cape Cod and the state’s southern shore
Concord Monitor – Teddy Rosenbluth, Seniors and health care issues in the state
Concord Monitor, Eileen O’Grady, Watchdog reporting on state and local education issues
The Public’s Radio – Antonia Ayres-Brown, Race and poverty in Newport, R.I.