Arturo Pineda covers labor issues and workplace conditions in Charlotte and the Appalachian region for Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit investigative news outlet based out of Asheville, North Carolina. Pineda has worked for the Arts Paper, which explores the arts in and around New Haven, Connecticut, as a reporter covering primarily communities of color. Previously, Pineda interned at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reporting on low-income communities and racial inequality. Pineda earned a B.A. from Yale University, where they served as editor-in-chief of DOWN Magazine, a magazine by students of color. Pineda is originally from Johnston, South Carolina.
Beat: Watchdog labor issues in North Carolina and Appalachia
COVID-19 has exacerbated a variety of workplace and labor issues. The state witnessed an historic spike in unemployment and a backlog of unemployment benefits. The Report for America Corps member digs does deep enterprise stories about those working in a variety of industries, from hospitals to meatpacking plants.