Yilun Cheng

Yilun Cheng reports for The Columbus Dispatch, examining the challenges facing central Ohio's growing immigrant and refugee communities. Before joining The Dispatch, Cheng wrote for Slate, the Chicago Reader, South Side Weekly and Borderless Magazine about immigration and racial equity topics, including law enforcement's anti-immigrant policies, Chicago's housing crisis in Chinatown, racial disparity in Illinois' vaccine rollout and COVID-19's impact on Latino immigrants. Cheng grew up in Tianjin, China. Having studied political science as an undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley and as a grad student at Columbia University, she is attentive to the complex and nuanced ways that national policies impact the lives of local residents. During her graduate studies at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Cheng worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Debbie Cenziper of The Washington Post on two projects focusing on immigration.

Akron Beacon Journal

The Akron Beacon Journal provides comprehensive news coverage primarily for Summit and Stark counties in post-industrial Northeast Ohio. We frequently publish deep-dive enterprise reports on a wide variety of topics. These newsroom also leads the joint news efforts of GateHouse Media in Northeast Ohio, which includes numerous other daily media sites and weekly publications. Overall, GateHouse serves 10 counties in Northeast Ohio and a population of 1.2 million residents. We also work closely with GateHouse’s Columbus Dispatch for Statehouse and regional news coverage.

Abbey Marshall

Abbey Marshall covers Akron city government for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio.  Marshall is a 2020 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where she studied on a full academic scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a career in reporting. Throughout her collegiate career, she completed two internships at The Columbus Dispatch as a metro reporter and web producer. She recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she covered breaking news as an intern at Politico. Having worked at a nonprofit in Mumbai, studied French and media in Aix-en-Provence and covered politics in the nation’s capital, she ultimately realized she missed the state she calls home and the fight for solid local journalism.

Erin Glynn

Erin Glynn reports for The Cincinnati Enquirer, focusing on government accountability in three suburban counties. Before coming to The Enquirer, Glynn covered city government and business for the Manistee News Advocate in Michigan. This former news editor of The Miami Student, the student-run paper at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, studied Mandarin Chinese at Beijing University as part of a study-abroad program, and reported on the expatriate experience in Beijing. When she returned to Ohio, Glynn interned for The Enquirer, and also did an internship at Women of Cincy, a nonprofit that's focused on uplifting women through storytelling. Glynn graduated from Miami in 2020 with degrees in journalism and global politics.

Emma Davis

Emma Davis covers health, education, local government and public policy in north central Ohio for Richland Source, a news site based in Mansfield, Ohio. A multimedia journalist, Davis has interned twice with PBS’ Frontline and was a staff writer for the Capital News Service. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and leadership studies from the University of Richmond in 2021, where she was managing editor of The Collegian. During Davis’ tenure, she and her colleagues received several Associated Collegiate Press awards, including top honors for their website and for best news/feature presentation for a series about memorialization on Richmond’s campus. The series was part of her work as a fellow for the Poynter Institute’s College Media Project, in which Davis investigated a burial ground of enslaved people on her university’s campus. Davis’ work has also been published by the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism and the Henrico Citizen. She grew up in Sayville, New York.

Alejandro Figueroa

Alejandro Figueroa reports for WYSO, the NPR affiliate station in Dayton, Ohio. He covers food insecurity in southwest Ohio, particularly the efforts by local organizations and government agencies to address a problem that has increased dramatically since the pandemic started. Figueroa was born in a small coastal town in Puerto Rico and in 2014 he and his family moved to Columbus, Ohio. He is a 2021 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and while there he reported for The New Political, a student-run publication focused on politics and government. Figueroa covered news at the campus and city level, with a special interest in city government and the coal industry in southeast Ohio. As an intern for Ohio Magazine, he reported on great travel destinations in the state.

Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative

We’re a team of Greater Cleveland news outlets passionate about news and information, amplifying the voices of those often unheard, and changing the narrative about our communities. With 22 partner newsrooms, reporters and community organizations embedded in nearly every corner of Northeast Ohio from Akron to Cleveland’s Buckeye-Woodland neighborhoods, NEO SOJO (Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism) is dedicated to targeting one issue in 2020 — how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting communities — and spotlighting solutions. We want to tell stories that lift up ways to solve issues that plague our communities and change the conversation about what’s possible in Northeast Ohio.

Spectrum News Columbus

Spectrum Columbus, is part of Spectrum Networks, which brings hyperlocal content to audiences through multimedia and long-form journalism.  

WYSO Public Radio

WYSO is the only National Public Radio affiliate station in the Dayton, Ohio, area. The station also does local and state news along with public affairs programming and news specials. WYSO station began broadcasting in 1958 as a student-run station on the campus of Antioch College. Today, it belongs to the community, with oversight from a seven-member board of directors comprised of community leaders. It reaches 14 counties in southwest Ohio.

Cincinnati.com / The Enquirer

Founded in 1841, The Enquirer publishes primarily via the Cincinnati.com website, the Cincinnati.com app and a daily newspaper. Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, The Enquirer is part of the Gannett-owned USA Today network. The local news site covers seven counties in the Greater Cincinnati region, maintains a two-person bureau in the statehouse bureau and serves as a primary source for investigative and watchdog journalism in the region.