The Cedar Rapids Gazette, founded in 1883, is the second largest newspaper in the state. This employee-owned media organization also operates a news site and hosts Iowa Ideas, an annual conference that examines issues facing the state, bringing people together to discuss challenges and possible solutions to make the community and region stronger. The Gazette has earned the Iowa Newspaper Association award for innovation four consecutive years.
Chris Welter reports for WYSO, the NPR station covering the greater Dayton, Ohio, area where he focuses on climate change and its impact on southwest Ohio and explores possible solutions. Welter is an Ohio lifer. He will graduate with a self-designed degree in environmental sciences from Antioch College in June 2020. He did boots-on-the-ground conservation work at farms and conducted extensive policy research on land-use issues in southwest Ohio as a Miller Fellow with the non-profit organization, Tecumseh Land Trust. He was editor-in-chief of Antioch College’s independent community newspaper, The Record. He also worked as a paralegal at a criminal defense firm in Chicago and a bankruptcy center in Philadelphia through the college’scooperative education department. He is originally from Columbus, Ohio. Chris has two cats, Beaver and Franklin, and is an avid disc golfer playing in tournaments across the country.
Our role, beyond serving as the NPR affiliate for our region, is to share voices that are often excluded or marginalized in other outlets. To cite a few examples, we share the stories of families impacted by the opioid crisis; interviews with elderly African-American residents of Dayton’s west side who have chosen to age in place in their homes; and in-studio performances local musicians. Our FM signal reaches 12 counties in southwest Ohio. To the south we serve the growing area between Dayton and Cincinnati; to the north, Sidney, Ohio; to the west, Richmond, Indiana; and to the east the outskirts of Columbus. Our coverage area includes urban, rural and small towns.
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