We’re a team of Greater Cleveland news outlets passionate about news and information, amplifying the voices of those often unheard, and changing the narrative about our communities. With 22 partner newsrooms, reporters and community organizations embedded in nearly every corner of Northeast Ohio from Akron to Cleveland’s Buckeye-Woodland neighborhoods, NEO SOJO (Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism) is dedicated to targeting one issue in 2020 — how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting communities — and spotlighting solutions. We want to tell stories that lift up ways to solve issues that plague our communities and change the conversation about what’s possible in Northeast Ohio.
Conor Morris reports for the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative focusing on poverty in the city including housing, health and education. Morris covered Appalachian southeast Ohio for the weekly newspaper The Athens News for six years. He reported on Athens County, but especially local government, the campus of Ohio University (his alma mater), cops and courts, and the social and economic issues facing the residents of Ohio’s poorest county. Morris helped guide The News toward two Newspaper of the Year awards in its division of the annual Ohio News Media Association Hooper Contest. Morris himself won six first-place Hooper awards for his reporting over the years, including for a story series about police and hospital failures in a sexual- assault investigation in Athens. Morris was born in Marietta, Ohio.
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