Liz Moomey reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky where she focuses on
watchdog reporting in eastern Kentucky, specifically Pike County. She was a reporter for the
Salisbury Post in North Carolina where she covered the city and politics, along with the town of
Landis. Her reporting sparked an embezzlement investigation into two town employees. She
previously worked at the North State Journal as a reporter and page designer. Moomey has
been awarded by the North Carolina Press Association for feature writing, news enterprise
reporting and design. She was also a sports clerk and writer for the News & Observer and a
web producer for Spectrum News, both in Raleigh, North Carolina. Liz was the editor of North
Carolina State University’s yearbook Agromeck, which won the Columbia Scholastic Press
Association’s Gold Crown award. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and
serves on the annual publications advisory board helping to select the incoming editor of the
yearbook and literary magazine.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Lexington Herald-Leader and its website Kentucky.com are committed to being Central and Eastern Kentucky’s primary source of news and commentary with the highest standards of journalism. Owned by McClatchy since 2006, the Herald-Leader endeavors to be a rewarding and caring employer and a force for positive change in the community. The newsroom’s 44 journalists focus on breaking news that holds leaders or institutions accountable, makes a concrete difference in the community and tells readers how something will directly impact their lives.
Will Wright covered the environment and government accountability during internships at the Sacramento Bee, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. He was editor-in-chief of University of Kentucky’s independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. After graduating from University of Kentucky in December 2016, Wright completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He grew up in Eighty Four, PA, a small town outside Pittsburgh. Since joining RFA as a Galloway Fellow, Will has been awarded the McClatchy President’s Award for Journalism Excellence and a First Place Kentucky Press Association Award for his ongoing coverage of water in Eastern Kentucky and holding public agencies accountable.
Watchdog reporting in Eastern Kentucky
Wright has reopened the Lexington Herald Leader’s Pike County Bureau in Kentucky. He already put a spotlight on Kentucky’s “worst water district” where some residents went without water for weeks. The district’s business manager retired shortly after publication, and the state committed $3.4 million to fix water issues in eastern Kentucky. Will also collaborated with veteran reporter Bill Estep to break a story about $3 million in back taxes owed by Kentucky-based coal companies linked to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Will continues this work in his second year as a Report for America corps member.
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