The Fresno Bee

Childhood poverty in California's Central Valley

Location: Fresno, Calif.

About the News Organization: The Fresno Bee is the primary news source for the central San Joaquin Valley, covering a six-county area that is one of the fastest-growing regions in California. The Fresno Bee’s website is the most-visited website in the region, and its mission is to inform and advocate for the enhancement of life in the Valley.

About the Position: The Report for America corps member covers childhood poverty in the Fresno region as part of The California Divide.

About “The California Divide” Collaboration: Poverty is the biggest coverage gap in the state. In response to this, CALmatters, McClatchy’s five California news organizations and the 25 Digital First newsrooms have created a news hub with a collaboration project about poverty titled “The California Divide.” The California Divide is an unprecedented news partnership that combines the strengths of respected news-gathering organizations across the state. The shared goal is to build a sustainable and replicable model for data-driven, change-making journalism in this critically underserved coverage area.

Report for America has teamed up with three of the new hub’s newsrooms to offer three new corps member placements. These include CALmatters in Sacramento, The Fresno Bee in Fresno, and The Mercury News in San Jose.