Celia Hack reports on local government for The Wichita Beacon, a nonprofit news site in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to this, she interned for EcoRI News in Providence, Rhode Island, covering local government and environmental issues. Hack earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 2021, where she worked as a reporter and section editor for The Brown Daily Herald. Her outstanding accomplishments earned her a second place award from the university honoring excellence in journalism. Hack is from Westwood, Kansas and has covered local government, criminal justice and education as a freelancer for the Shawnee Mission Post and for The Journal, a publication of the Kansas Leadership Center, a nonprofit in Wichita. As a research assistant, Hack has worked for Global Energy Monitor, a nonprofit collecting data on worldwide fossil fuel projects, and for the Climate and Development Lab, a think tank researching climate policy and politics.
Beat: Data, local government Wichita
This data and records-driven reporter will be a watchdog of local government agencies and jurisdictions, exploring cross-topic stories about access to services, poverty, race and changing demographics, focusing on stories that help the public engage with its government and hold it accountable.