New grant-funded health care reporter [The Spokesman Review]

There are hundreds of untold stories about rural health care and precious few resources to tell those stories. Report For America, The Spokesman-Review and the Innovia Foundation have all committed to do something about that.

On June 4, The Spokesman-Review will welcome Arielle Dreher as our rural health care reporter. Arielle_Dreher_t400

Report for America is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America addresses an urgent need in American journalism at a time when local news deserts threaten our democracy like never before.

“I’m really excited to return to my home state and report about the needs, challenges and solutions possible to meet rural health care needs in Eastern Washington,” said Dreher, from Pasco.

Dreher is among 61 reporters in 50 news organizations across 28 states and Puerto Rico. The reporters, referred to as “corps members,” were chosen after a highly selective national competition that drew nearly 1,000 applications.

Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley said the newspaper was honored to be chosen as one of the program’s recipients.

“One of the most underreported topics is the state of this country’s rural health care,” Curley said. “With Spokane’s prominent role in this region’s health care, it’s a topic that is a natural fit within our newsroom.

“We want to help cover stories that not only matter here in the Pacific Northwest, but possibly even resonate throughout the rest of the nation. This is such an important subject that unfortunately doesn’t get much attention. We want to help fix that.”

To read the full article from Staff Reports, click HERE

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