Vermont Public Radio to expand coverage of the NEK

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — Report For America has selected Vermont Public Radio to host a journalist next year to expand coverage of the Northeast Kingdom.

VPR’s Northeast Kingdom reporter will be one of 250 emerging journalists in 164 host news organizations to serve local communities across 46 states in the coming year.

Report For America will cover half the salary of the one-year-long appointment, with VPR and local fundraising initiatives covering the rest.

“VPR has been working toward more Vermonters hearing and seeing themselves in our coverage,” said Sarah Ashworth, Vice President of News. “Our reporter will live and work in the region and will weave the voices and perspectives of the Kingdom into our broader coverage of issues in Vermont.”

Report for America is a national service program that positions emerging journalists into local news organizations to report on under-covered issues and communities for a duration of one or two years.

Newsrooms were selected through a rigorous national competition, and Report For America announced that VTDigger and the Valley News would receive corps members next year.

“It’s a big deal that our region will receive three Report For America journalists,” said VPR President Scott Finn. “There’s been a scary drop in the number of journalists in Vermont, but with support from our members, we can preserve great journalism here and across rural America.”

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