Brittany McGee


Reporter Profile

Brittany McGee reports for the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia. McGee covers healthcare, including COVID-19, and what healthcare and the community will look like after the pandemic. She was a reporter, then assistant city and state editor for The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a co-diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for the newspaper, McGee helped develop and launch Elevate, a special section that amplifies the voices of marginalized communities. She was born and raised in Arkansas, but has called North Carolina home for years. McGee graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2021.

Beat: Healthcare now—and post-coronavirus

This journalist, along with an RFA photographer, will cover coronavirus recovery in the Columbus, Georgia, community. They will have to balance covering current coronavirus trends and forward-thinking reporting. This beat involves taking a solutions-oriented approach to our ongoing coverage, including the latest vaccine information, long-term economic impacts of the pandemic, personal narratives, how to reopen a community and more. The resilience of our communities will also be at the forefront of our post-coronavirus reporting. The Ledger-Enquirer strives to reflect the community around us, so diverse sourcing is expected in this beat. At a minimum, this reporting team would produce one deeply reported story per week, with video and photos that build understanding of the challenges, successes and opportunities in our communities. They also would write two or more daily stories per week. Our newsroom also offers journalists opportunities to lead reader engagement events like live Q&As and subscriber events. The resilience of our communities also will be at the forefront of our post-coronavirus reporting, as restaurants, libraries and communal spaces reopen and we grapple with a city forever changed.