Local Journalism Initiative

FRONTLINE is supporting local and regional news organizations that are conducting investigative journalism projects in their communities. Our partners in 2021 include newsrooms in Minnesota, Rhode Island, Utah and Texas. We are contributing editorial, audience development and financial resources to coverage of subjects from police reform and violence, to forced labor and the collapse of rural health care institutions. 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

POISONED: Part 3: The Fallout
Gopher Resource promised changes at Tampa’s old lead factory. It kept polluting. Records show the company pumped lead into the air and mishandled hazardous waste.
Tampa Bay Times
December 2, 2021
A Rare Look Inside Police Training in Utah
How might police training impact whom, when and why officers shoot? Watch an excerpt from the new FRONTLINE/Salt Lake Tribune documentary “Shots Fired.”
November 23, 2021
Is the Fear Factor Overblown in Police Shootings?
Utah’s police training has been questioned for focusing on worst-case scenarios.
The Salt Lake Tribune
November 22, 2021
New Documentary, ‘Shots Fired,’ Investigates Police Shootings in Utah
With police shootings in Utah reaching record highs amid a nationwide debate over police accountability, FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune present "Shots Fired": the first nationally broadcast documentary stemming from FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative
November 18, 2021
Only Minneapolis Police Officer Formally Disciplined for Misconduct Tied to the Department's Riot Response Has Left Job
Colleen Ryan quit her job and filed a complaint, alleging her former employer discriminated against her because she's a lesbian who advocated for "women and queer officers" in the workplace.
Star Tribune
October 29, 2021
Shooting Not to Kill. This Utah Case Fuels a Debate That Frustrates Police.
If there’s nothing barring officers from shooting someone in the leg or arm, it raises a question many civilians wonder about: Why don’t officers, if possible, shoot a suspect there, instead of in the chest or head? It’s a question that frustrates and annoys many in law enforcement.
The Salt Lake Tribune
October 18, 2021
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Shots Fired
Amid record police shootings in Utah, FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune investigate the use of deadly force in the state.
November 23, 2021
Minneapolis Voters to Decide Fate of Police Department on Nov. 2
With citywide elections looming in November, Minneapolis faces a choice about what the future of policing looks like and whether the Minneapolis Police Department can reshape itself into the needs of a changed world often full of mistrust for law enforcement since George Floyd's murder and the protests and riots that followed.
Star Tribune
October 9, 2021
OSHA Fines Tampa Lead Factory $319,000
The lead smelter was the subject of a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation.
Tampa Bay Times
September 30, 2021
Rural Health and Hospitals: A Focus on Texas
Data compiled by the APM Research Lab explains why Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures.
The Texas Newsroom
September 29, 2021
Public Health Officials Urge Lower Lead Limits
The American Public Health Association is pushing for sweeping changes to the federal rules designed to keep lead workers safe after a Tampa Bay Times investigation into a Florida lead smelter.
Tampa Bay Times
September 29, 2021

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