Joshua Yeager

Joshua Yeager covers the environment, rural issues and local governments for the Visalia Times-Delta newspaper in the heart of the agricultural San Joaquin Valley. He has devoted his three-year career at the paper to exposing inequalities in Tulare County towns suffering contaminated and insufficient drinking water. He won a first-place California News Papers Association award for his coverage of Sierra Nevada’s historic 2020 wildfire season. An avid Sierra hiker, he has recently investigated forest management policy oversights that have resulted in the death of thousands of giant sequoia trees.

Quenton King

Quenton King is the public health reporter for Mountain State Spotlight. He is a native West Virginian, born and raised in Charles Town in the Eastern Panhandle. He previously worked as a policy analyst for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His past research and organizing work focused on criminal justice, public health, and environmental justice issues. Quenton holds a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and a master's of public health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Mountain State Spotlight

This new investigative and enterprise hub is led by longtime West Virginia journalists Greg Moore, a former editor at the Charleston Gazette-Mail; and Ken Ward Jr., a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant winner for his longtime work covering coal mining and other polluting industries.  

San Antonio Express-News

The San Antonio Express-News is a legacy daily whose roots go back to 1865. For many years, the paper was known as “the Voice of South Texas,” a motto that still appears on our masthead. San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and we aim to be an authoritative and indispensable source of local and regional news. We aggressively cover City Hall, county government, the largest local school districts, courts and law enforcement. We also do ambitious enterprise reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border and U.S. immigration policy. Other coverage priorities include local arts and cultural institutions, high school sports, the San Antonio Spurs, and a burgeoning food and restaurant scene. Our editorial board maintains a robust opinion section – two pages per day of editorials, letters and op-ed pieces. We are part of Hearst Co. and share a Statehouse bureau in Austin and a Washington team with our sister paper, the Houston Chronicle.

Annie Blanks

Annie Blanks covers the thriving city of San Marcos, Texas for the San Antonio Express-News. Not only is she is serving her first year as a Report For America corps member, she’s also living and working for the first time in the great state of Texas. Annie has been a working journalist for more than five years, all of which have been spent in the Florida Panhandle. While in Florida, Annie spent three years with the Pensacola News Journal covering Santa Rosa County, which is the 11th fastest growing county in the state. She wrote about local government, environmental issues, courts and cops, education, and, yes, the occasional “Florida Man” story. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter for the Northwest Florida Daily News. Annie loves journalism and newspapers, and is very much enjoying her newest career adventure in Texas.

Sonia Waraich

Sonia Waraich covers the environment and natural resources in Mendocino County for the online news outlet The Mendocino Voice. Before joining, Waraich did stints covering a variety of beats, ranging from Indian American entertainment to homicide trials, at newspapers in California, New Mexico and North Carolina. Her previous coverage includes North Carolina’s transition from public to private management of Medicaid, the impact of sea level rise on public infrastructure in Humboldt County and citizen groups’ efforts to ban uranium mining in Gallup-McKinley County in New Mexico. Waraich was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and was editor in chief of San Jose City College’s student-run newspaper. She graduated with a sociology degree from California State University at East Bay, where she was campus editor of The Pioneer.

The News Tribune

We are a digital-first news outlet that covers Pierce County, a fast-growing county of nearly 1 million people in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. We have been the leading source of news, information and thoughtful commentary for the greater Tacoma region for more than 125 years.

Hadley Hitson

Hadley Hitson covers the rural South and the Black Belt communities in Alabama for the Montgomery Advertiser, a daily newspaper in the state capital. Hadley previously worked as a freelance education reporter for Fortune magazine, while the media outlet launched its first annual list of the Best Online MBA Programs. As a Fortune editorial intern, she authored articles on the technology, business, and politics beats. Hadley is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she was the managing editor of the university’s award-winning, student-run newspaper, The Daily Mississippian. She has also interviewed a member of the presidential Cabinet, covered the relocation of a 114-year-old Confederate monument, and appeared on the The Paul Finebaum Show for the SEC Network.

Kansas City PBS

Kansas City PBS has a long tradition of public service that has laid the foundation for expanding its news gathering relationship with our community. Our content platforms — television, radio, digital, social media and educational outreach — exist to serve the diversity of our region. We explore complicated issues with thoughtful reporting. We share the diverse stories of people, places, and progress in our community. We advance conversations through community engagement and social media. Specifically, Kansas City PBS operates four KCPT-related public television channels; KTBG 90.9 The Bridge, an NPR-affiliated AAA music station; and FlatlandKC, an online digital magazine; in addition to social media and community events.  

Cami Koons

Cami Koons covers rural affairs in the communities surrounding Kansas City for Kansas City PBS. Koons has served as a volunteer features reporter for The Eudora Times, a paper dedicated to bringing news back to a small Kansas town. Reporting for The Times taught Koons the importance of community journalism which led her to Report for America. Throughout the pandemic, Koons has worked with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health as a communications intern to help inform her community about COVID safety and local guidelines. Koons was also heavily involved with 90.7 FM KJHK, the campus radio station at the University of Kansas, where she produced video, audio, print and on-air content. In 2020, Koons received local and national awards for her reporting with KJHK and for her weekly French radio show. Koons spent a semester in France and is known to show up to gatherings armed with baguette, cheese and a playlist of French tunes.