Local Journalism Initiative

FRONTLINE is supporting local and regional news organizations that are conducting investigative journalism projects in their communities. Our partners in 2020 include newsrooms in Tampa Bay, New Mexico, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee and Colorado. We are contributing editorial, audience development and financial resources to coverage of subjects from environmental safety and teen suicide to online education and the future of farming. Read more about our Local Journalism Initiative here, and meet our 2021 partners here.

Our Partners
Texas Newsroom

A public radio/NPR collaboration

The Public's Radio

Providence, Rhode Island

Star Tribune

Minneapolis, Minn.

The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, Utah

Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rocky Mountain PBS

Denver, Colorado

New Mexico PBS

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tampa Bay Times

St. Petersburg, Florida

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Latest Reporting from Our Partners

The Tension Between Border Town Police and Navajos is Real. And These People are Trying to Change That.
Research traces the conflict between Navajo Nation members and border town police back to the 1840s, when white settlers began occupying areas of Navajo land. These outcroppings became the border towns of today.
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 1, 2021
A Desert Shootout Spills Into Utah, Leaving One Man Dead and a Sergeant Facing Charges
A Colorado sheriff’s sergeant chased a car into Navajo Nation land in Utah and killed a man. Feds in Utah said the fatal shots were justified, but Colorado state prosecutors are now pressing charges tied to the shootout.
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 1, 2021
As Texas Struggles to Get COVID Vaccines, Rural Communities Are Hit Especially Hard
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, rural communities in the Texas Panhandle have struggled to keep up in the fight against the coronavirus. Early on they faced limited testing supplies and personal protective equipment. Now they can’t seem to get vaccines into arms fast enough.
The Texas Newsroom
January 29, 2021
'It's a Very Tough Job': In Rural Wisconsin, a Struggle to Save Family Farms and a Way of Life
Spend a few hours listening to people who live in Clark County, Wisconsin, and you hear a lot about what’s ailing small farms. But you also hear about the community ties and independence that keep them in farming.
Milwaukee PBS
January 25, 2021
New Generation of Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Look for a Future That Keeps Them on the Land, Following Their Passion
The collapse of small dairy farms has been changing the landscape of Wisconsin — literally and figuratively — for years. Thousands of family farms are weighing their future, questioning whether they should keep going when the next round of hard times, which never seems far away, could force them out of business.
Milwaukee PBS
January 21, 2021
America's Dairyland: The Next Generation
Meet some of Wisconsin's next-generation dairy farmers.
Milwaukee PBS
January 21, 2021
Utah Attorney General’s Office ‘Surprised’ Police Shot at So Many People in 2020
The Salt Lake Tribune and FRONTLINE collaborate to investigate police shootings after Utah fails to collect data.
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 10, 2021
‘Constant Breaking of Your Heart:’ How Utah Police Respond to Mental Health Crises
Police shootings in Utah often involve someone who is suicidal or in a mental health crisis.
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 9, 2021
Two Weeks. Three Lost. One Florida Family Ravaged by the Coronavirus.
Boyzell Hosey, a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, developed COVID-19 symptoms, then watched his world shatter.
Tampa Bay Times
December 17, 2020
Tampa Bay Charter Schools are Growing During the Coronavirus Pandemic
With more flexibility to adapt to pandemic conditions, some charters are filled to capacity as district schools struggle.
Tampa Bay Times
December 10, 2020
How Did the Coronavirus Overwhelm a Florida Nursing Home So Quickly?
Nine months into the pandemic, the virus has killed more than 19,000 Floridians. About 40 percent of the deaths have been among senior care residents. Tampa Bay Times investigates a retirement complex that became an early epicenter.
Tampa Bay Times
December 3, 2020
Lifelines: Preventing Youth Suicide
During a time of pandemic when so many people are experiencing illness, isolation and financial struggle, mental health is a top concern. The Rocky Mountain PBS "Insight with John Ferrugia" team has gathered stories of prevention, healing and hope.
Rocky Mountain PBS
November 18, 2020

The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.