LOS ANGELES – Report for America announced Spectrum Networks has been selected to host five Report for America journalists from the 2020-2021 reporting corps, who will be placed with Spectrum News networks in California, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Slated to start in June, the five journalists will report on underserved beats in each market.
“Spectrum News is a trusted source of local news and information for communities across the country,” said Mike Bair, Executive Vice President of Spectrum Networks. “Our dedication to delivering essential news and storytelling that strengthens communities is more important than ever, and we look forward to the RFA journalists joining in our mission to provide thoughtful, contextual reporting that enlightens and educates.”
Spectrum Networks is among a few select local news organizations to have five RFA journalists placed in its newsrooms across the country. Report for America placed 225 journalists with more than 160 news organizations across 45 states and Puerto Rico, for 2020-21. Participating newsroom partners include nonprofit and for-profit organizations, daily and weekly newspapers, digital-only newsrooms, and TV and radio stations.
Spectrum News’ Report for America corps journalists are:
- Spectrum News 1 in Southern California: Chris Ehrmann will report on local government decisions affecting environmental sustainability in Los Angeles;
- Spectrum News 13 in Orlando, Florida: Molly Duerig will cover the Central Florida housing crisis;
- Spectrum News in Buffalo, New York: Camalot Todd will return for a second year to report on mental health issues in Western New York;
- Spectrum News 1 in Columbus, Ohio: Pete Grieve will cover public health for the Columbus region; and
- Spectrum News 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Maddie Burakoff will report on mental health for the Milwaukee region.
Report for America selected 162 participating newsrooms in December, based on a national competition that considered a range of criteria, including an urgent gap in coverage in the market and a plan to deploy a Report for America journalist to cover that gap. 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 GroundTruth Project, a non-profit news organization.
Spectrum News’ robust lineup of hyperlocal news, weather, politics and original content is available on news networks and digital platforms in Texas, Kentucky, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Southern California.
About Spectrum Networks
Spectrum Networks is a series of 24/7 news and sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum Networks carry distinct, comprehensive, and exclusive local programming on over 30 networks across Charter’s footprint. More information on Spectrum Networks is available at spectrumlocalnews.com.