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

Number of Gunshot Victims in Minneapolis is Up 90% From Last Year; Solutions Elusive
As Minneapolis struggles to develop a new approach to public safety amid intense scrutiny of its police department, it faces a depressingly familiar problem: how to curb surging gun violence as the weather warms.
Star Tribune
June 19, 2021
The Doctor is Out: Texas Community Worries About Future Without Local Healthcare
The problem the residents of Bowie, TX, face is one that has become more prevalent around the U.S. as at least 136 rural hospitals have closed in the last decade.
The Texas Newsroom
June 18, 2021
Former Worker Sues Tampa Lead Smelter Over Son’s Exposure
The worker alleges dusty conditions at Gopher Resource, Florida’s only lead factory, resulted in his son’s lead exposure.
Tampa Bay Times
June 2, 2021
Their Brother Catalyzed a Movement in Utah Last Year. Now Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal’s Siblings Just Want Relief.
Last summer, activists in Utah chanted Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal’s name alongside George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
The Salt Lake Tribune
May 28, 2021
Tampa Lead Factory Incurs More Problems
Regulators have spent nearly two months at a Tampa lead smelter in the wake of a Tampa Bay Times investigation that found hundreds of workers were exposed to high amounts of lead and other chemicals.
Tampa Bay Times
May 28, 2021
Even Before Latest Probe, Feds Deeply Familiar With Minneapolis Police
The Justice Department has launched inquiries into Minneapolis Police Department practices dating back decades.
Star Tribune
May 24, 2021
A year after George Floyd’s death, seeking a new direction for policing
The killing of George Floyd inspired a reckoning in major cities across the nation. But in a moment of intense political division, the future is far from clear.
Star Tribune
May 22, 2021
Minneapolis drug case falls apart, raising questions about existence of secret informant
The case exposes the inherent conflict at the heart of confidential informants as a tool in American policing. In order to be effective, informants must be shrouded in secrecy. But that secrecy can make it impossible to tell how effective informants really are.
Star Tribune
May 15, 2021
Derek Chauvin, three other ex-Minneapolis officers indicted by Justice Department on civil rights charges in killing of George Floyd
A federal grand jury has indicted four ex-Minneapolis police officers on charges of abusing their positions of authority to detain George Floyd, leading to his death last May.
Star Tribune
May 7, 2021
Rift Between Mayor Frey and Council President Bender Widens at Key Moment for Police Reform
Minneapolis is torn on the best path to reform.
Star Tribune
April 24, 2021
Rural Health and Hospitals: A Focus on Texas
In 2020, the U.S. experienced the highest number of rural hospital closures in more than a decade.
The Texas Newsroom
April 22, 2021
Fight for Healthcare Access in Rural East Texas Continues as Some of the State’s Hospitals Face Closures
Texans in rural communities are facing an ongoing crisis as hospitals and medical facilities shutter. Randy Lindauer has spent the last few months renovating a hospital in East Texas, preparing it to reopen after it closed in 2019 — leaving about 56,000 residents without access to basic or emergency healthcare.
The Texas Newsroom
April 22, 2021

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