Patricia Borns covers the wealth and poverty gap in Louisville and rural Kentucky for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Louisville Public Media. Prior to joining KyCIR, Borns investigated the failed restart of a legacy oil and gas refinery whose toxic emissions sickened downwind residents on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her journalism career began with a return to school after working as a high-tech executive speechwriter. At the Miami Herald, her investigation of a corrupt mayor led to his arrest and removal from office. Reporting for the USA Today Network, her investigation of the failures of Virginia’s monitoring system for healthcare workers resulted in a new state law. Borns built her newsroom’s first social justice beat in Southwest Florida, where her reporting on a toxic city dump in a minority neighborhood resulted in its remediation. She holds a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Miami School of Communications and serves as a volunteer board member of Hispañola Health Partners in Southeast Haiti.
Beat: Rural communities in Western Kentucky-Southern IL-Northwest TN.
Rural communities in this area have a significant disparity in wealth and income. The income disparity, coupled with population loss, requires this multimedia reporter explores how the combination of the income disparity and population loss affects economic opportunity.