Local Journalism Initiative

Our partners cover COVID-19 in cities and towns across America

Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, FRONTLINE had begun working with five local news organizations on long-term investigative projects. Now we're expanding that support as these newsrooms pivot to cover the profound impacts of coronavirus on their communities. We're highlighting this rapidly developing coverage from our partners: the Tampa Bay Times, Oklahoma Watch, Rocky Mountain PBS, New Mexico PBS (KNME-TV) and Milwaukee PBS. We’ll also be co-publishing their long-term investigative projects. Read more about our Local Journalism Initiative here.

Reporting from Our Partners

Coronavirus Isolated LGBTQ Students From Community. Now They’re Going Back to School.
When home isn't supportive, virtual school has added challenges for LGBTQ kids.
Tampa Bay Times
August 17, 2020
One of Florida’s biggest disparities: How coronavirus spread in Pinellas’ Black community
In Pinellas, Black residents are 2.5 times more likely to contract the coronavirus than white residents. That’s one of the largest disparities in Florida.
August 7, 2020
In Oklahoma, Online School's Operator Refuses to Release Spending Records. In California, Records Are Public
The company that manages Epic Charter Schools in Oklahoma refuses to provide state auditors details about how it spends millions of dollars provided by the state to pay for students’ extra activities.
August 3, 2020
Young People Are Dying from Coronavirus in Florida, Too
About 84 percent of people under the age of 65 who died from the coronavirus had an underlying medical issue, a Tampa Bay Times analysis found.
July 31, 2020
Beyond the Line at the Tampa Food Bank, a World of Other Need
Five months into its pandemic relief effort, Tampa nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries is crafting new ways to help needy families.
Tampa Bay Times
July 15, 2020
Groundwater War: New Mexico's Toxic Threat
New Mexico PBS
July 14, 2020
Why Does Coronavirus Hit Hispanics Harder? Reasons Might Be Found In Wimauma
About half of the COVID-19 cases reported nationwide include data on ethnicity, or 1.06 million of them. Hispanics make up more than a third of these cases — nearly twice their share of the population as a whole.
Tampa Bay Times
July 7, 2020
Will Schools Mandate Masks? The Answer Will Not Please Everyone.
School district officials are hearing from all sides in the increasingly polarizing debate.
Tampa Bay Times
June 29, 2020
Voter Registration In Florida Plunged Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
New voter registrations are expected to rise as the elections near and as the state reopens. But some question whether the drop could have an effect on the makeup of the electorate.
Tampa Bay Times
June 11, 2020
'A Slow Healing Process': Slammed By the Dairy Crisis, Shuttered By the Coronavirus, Small Towns Forge Ahead
The city of Loyal is in the heart of Wisconsin's dairy country. For years, it's been dealing with an ailing farm economy. Then COVID-19 hit the state.
Milwaukee PBS
June 10, 2020
WATCH: Pandemic in the Heartland
A small dairy community in the northwest part of Wisconsin recorded zero cases of COVID-19. Despite that, the virus hit the city of Loyal hard.
Milwaukee PBS
June 10, 2020

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