Lucas Manfield is a data reporter for the Mountain State Spotlight, where he’s helping to create a data hub that will be a valuable and lasting resource for journalists in the Mountaineer State. Previously, Manfield covered housing and government accountability as a fellow at the Dallas Observer and interned at inewsource in San Diego. He graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2019, where his investigation into malpractice at a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital earned an award for excellence from the Association of Health Care Journalists. He holds a B.S. from Stanford University. He was the Chief Technology Officer at one startup and vice president of engineering at another. He’s created software for electric cars and holds two patents.
This new investigative and enterprise hub is led by longtime West Virginia journalists Greg Moore, a former editor at the Charleston Gazette-Mail; and Ken Ward Jr., a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant winner for his longtime work covering coal mining and other polluting industries.
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