Report for America Corps Members
The first three Report for America corps members started work in Appalachia in January. Nine more reporters will deploy across the country in June. The application process for those slots is now closed, and the judging process is underway.
News Organization: West Virginia Public Media. She'll be covering Mingo County, West Virginia.
A native of West Virginia, Molly Born has worked for six years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she has covered crime, local government, and education. In pursuit of the story, she has spent the night at a palatial Hare Krishna commune, reported on location from the middle of a four-lane highway, and (politely) commandeered a passing car to hear the verdict in a murder trial.
She's a graduate Fairmont State University and has a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. She has long carried a bit of West Virginia everywhere she goes — in the form of a tattoo of the state’s motto on her back.
Molly has already investigated the plight of a town whose water was contaminated by a coal mine owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, and explored how a lack of reliable internet access is hurting rural economies. See all of Molly's work here.
News organization: Lexington Herald Leader. Will be re-opening the Pike County bureau in Kentucky.
Will Wright has 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.
Will has 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. See all of Will's work here.
News organization: Charleston Gazette-Mail. Caity will be reporting from the southern coalfields of West Virginia.
Caity Coyne was the Editor-in-Chief of West Virginia University's award winning, independent student newspaper, the Daily Athanaeum, and a reporting intern at the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Coyne is originally from San Diego, CA, but she found a home in West Virginia.