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

Will Wright | Lexington Herald-Leader

? Pike County, Kentucky Eighty Four, Pennsylvania Will’s Work Follow Will’s work here. Bio Will Wright covered the environment and government accountability during internships at the Sacramento Bee, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. He was editor-in-chief of University of Kentucky’s independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. After graduating from University

Alex Acquisto | Lexington Herald-Leader

 ? Lexington, Kentucky Owensboro, Kentucky Alex’s Work Follow Alex’s reporting here. Bio Alex has been a reporter at the Bangor Daily News in Maine, first covering the state’s lobster and tourism industries on the midcoast, then leading the paper’s metro coverage in Bangor, before finally reporting on Maine politics in the state capital. She has

Kelan Lyons | The Connecticut Mirror

 ? Hartford, Connecticut Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Kelan’s Work Follow Kelan’s reporting here. Bio Kelan was a staff writer for Salt Lake City Weekly, where he wrote about immigration, economic development and state and local politics. Before that, in Texas, he covered the Brazos County courthouse for the Bryan-College Station Eagle, where he won a 2018 Texas

Savannah Maher | Wyoming Public Media

 ? Laramie, Wyoming Mashpee, Massachusetts Savannah’s Work Follow Savannah’s reporting here. Bio Savannah has been a producer for NPR’s midday show “Here & Now,” where her work explored everything from Native peoples’ fraught relationship with the American elections to the erosion of press freedoms for tribal media outlets. A proud citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag

Risa Johnson | The Desert Sun

 ? Palm Springs, California Ridgecrest, California Risa’s Work Follow Risa’s reporting here. Bio Risa is a multimedia reporter who has worked for the Chico Enterprise-Record in California. She covered local politics and the community impacts of local disasters, including the Camp Fire in November 2018 and the Oroville Dam crisis in 2017, for which she

Obed Manuel | Dallas Morning News

 ? Dallas, Texas Dallas, Texas Obed’s Work Follow Obed’s reporting here. Bio Prior to joining Report for America, Obed was an associate editor at Central Track in Dallas, where he was focused on city news/politics and social change movements. He previously worked as managing editor of Latina Lista, where he launched a weekly podcast and

Julia Fair | Cincinnati Enquirer

 ? Northern Kentucky Cleveland, Ohio Julia’s Work Follow Julia’s reporting here. Bio Julia has been a government watchdog reporter at The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia. Before that, she had internships with USA TODAY, the Kenosha News in Wisconsin, and the Rappahannock News in Virginia. She has won several awards including Virginia Press Honors for