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: East St. Louis
Position: East St. Louis and surrounding communities get little coverage, except for crime and high school sports. East St. Louis is the largest of these low-income areas. It faces all the headwinds typical of many underrepresented communities. Neighborhoods and businesses are struggling. The downtown is crumbling. Many are impoverished. But there’s another side of life, too, with dozens of churches, rich family traditions, a pride in its history and culture and hopes for its future. The other smaller communities face some of the same issues. This reporter gives these communities a watchdog, reports on important topics identified by residents, and helps people participate more fully in civic life and triggers change.
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