RFA19 Highlights — Building Trust in Undercovered Communities

Our 2019 corps members spent one week in Houston, Texas, training with top journalists from around the country. This included attending three days of RFA-exclusive sessions, the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference, several smaller RFA gatherings and evening events. Here are highlights from those sessions. Reporter Obed Manuel covers second-generation immigrant communities for the Dallas

Pascal Sabino| Block Club Chicago

 ? Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Pascal’s Work Follow Pascal’s reporting here. Bio Pascal is a multimedia journalist from the south side of Chicago. He was previously the Environmental Health & Wellness Editor for the Real Chi, a west side local news lab with a mission of providing equitable, accountable news coverage for Chicago communities misrepresented

Adam Wagner | News & Observer

 ? Raleigh, North Carolina Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Adam’s Work Follow Adam’s reporting here. Bio Adam has worked for six years at The Wilmington StarNews in North Carolina covering local government, public safety, criminal justice and the environment. Since late 2016, his reporting has focused on water contamination in eastern North Carolina, while he has also covered

Ciara McCarthy | Victoria Advocate

 ? Victoria, Texas Bethesda, Maryland Ciara’s Work Follow Ciara’s reporting here. Bio Ciara McCarthy has worked as an intern for the Marshall Project and a researcher at the Guardian U.S., where she contributed to “The Counted,” an Emmy-nominated project on police killings. She later worked as a staff community reporter for Patch, covering neighborhoods in

Katherine Lewin | Santa Fe Reporter

 ? Santa Fe, New Mexico Clermont, Florida Katherine’s Work Follow Katherine’s reporting here. Bio Katherine began her reporting career at Miami Today News and has worked as a freelance multimedia producer for Al Jazeera. In 2018, she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to cover Cuba’s housing crisis. Katherine has won

Carlos Ballesteros | Chicago Sun-Times

 ? Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Carlos’s Work Follow Carlos’s work here. Bio Carlos is a former reporter for Newsweek, where he covered politics, foreign policy, labor and immigration. He has also written about his hometown of Chicago for the Chicago magazine, South Side Weekly, Nation, and In These Times. He was editor-in-chief of Claremont College’s

Eric Schmid | St. Louis Public Radio

 ? Belleville, Illinois Fort Collins, Colorado Eric’s Work Follow Eric’s reporting here. Bio Eric Schmid has interned for Fox News Channel, AccuWeather as a Dow Jones News Fund Digital Media Intern and WSHU Public Radio. He covered governments in Nassau and Suffolk counties, environmental issues and other general assignments as a News Fellow at WSHU’s

Victoria Advocate

Location: Victoria, Texas About the News Organization: Established in 1846 – the same year the Republic of Texas joined the Union – the Victoria Advocate has a rich tradition of local ownership and stewardship of its community. It was named the Newspaper of the Year in 2014 by the Local Media Association. About the position: The Report for America corps

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Location: Jackson, Mississippi About the News Organization: Mississippi Public Broadcasting is an eight-station statewide television and radio network. About the position: The Mississippi Delta remains one of the most deprived regions in the country. The Report for America corps member helps examine how poverty affects the lives of residents and resources needed to address their critical needs.