Location: Raleigh, N.C.
About the News Organization: The News & Observer’s roots go back to 1865, when its predecessor The Sentinel was launched to expose corruption in the Reconstruction era. Among the News & Observer’s many awards are three Pulitzer Prizes, including the 1996 gold medal for public service. The News & Observer is the paper of record in the capital city of North Carolina, covering the statehouse, the legislature and its impact on the lives of all North Carolinians. The newspaper’s mission is to produce fearless and independent public service journalism that gives a voice to underrepresented, unheard groups and communities.
About the Position: The News & Observer is dedicated to covering the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which destroyed lives, homes and businesses around North Carolina. The Report for America corps member is assigned to our ongoing efforts to cover cleanup, rebuilding and revitalizing communities following Hurricane Florence — a process that will take years. The reporter’s primary focus is on investigating and reporting on how last year’s disaster disproportionately affects low-income residents and people of color in North Carolina. The reporter works closely with our data journalist and three other reporters who are covering the flood’s aftermath. The Report for America corps member reports directly to one of our most experienced and highly regarded editors, with assistance from the managing editor.