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Report for America project to continue at Gazette-Mail

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Report for America nonprofit journalism initiative, with support from the Galloway Family Foundation, has announced it will place a second reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, focusing on poverty in Southern West Virginia.

The Gazette-Mail, along with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Lexington Herald-Leader, were the first news organizations to employ RFA reporters. Those three reporters — the Gazette-Mail’s Caity Coyne, the Herald-Leader’s Will Wright and WVPB’s Molly Born — focused on various issues in Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky in 2018, including a series of stories and multimedia on the difficulties residents in those areas face in getting clean water — or, in some cases, any water at all.

Report for America has agreed to help fund Coyne’s position at the Gazette-Mail for a second year, as well as the new position. The Galloway Family Foundation, which funds investigative and in-depth journalism fellowships in the United States and around the world, is providing backing for both positions.

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