The Belleville News-Democrat is a 161-year-old news organization that covers Southwestern Illinois, including the communities east of St. Louis and across the Mississippi River, in an area known as the metro-east. Our coverage area is an eclectic mix of mid-sized and smaller towns, bedroom communities and farm country. Many residents commute to St. Louis for work everyday. We are also home to Scott Air Force Base, with its 13,000 military and civilian workers.
Location: * Midwest, Illinois
Beat: K-12 education in Belleville
Position: Madison and St. Clair counties alone include 40 public districts and dozens of private schools. About 120,000 children live there.These school systems also control millions in tax dollars, yet get only surface coverage. This beat reporter reports on the performance of schools and public officials to help improve the quality of education for thousands of students.
Reporter: Megan Valley