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

At George Floyd's Treatment Center, Recovering Clients See Racism in Addiction Assumptions
"Do you know how many times that could have been me?" Staff at a Minneapolis rehab facility that George Floyd attended see themselves in Floyd — and racism in theories about his drug use — the Star Tribune, our local journalism partner in Minneapolis, reports.
Star Tribune
April 11, 2021
Chauvin Trial Again Casts Spotlight on Minneapolis Police Department's Training Program
Over 19 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, Derek Chauvin, the now-fired officer on trial in the death of George Floyd, racked up 17 misconduct complaints and was involved in four on-duty shootings or other fatal encounters. Despite that, Chauvin continued to serve as a field training officer.
Star Tribune
April 3, 2021
POISONED: Part 2: The Failings
Equipment designed to control poisons inside Gopher Resource kept breaking down, creating more dangers for workers. As violations mounted, regulators have been absent.
Tampa Bay Times
March 29, 2021
Chauvin Case Draws Inevitable Comparisons to Another High-Profile Police Murder Trial in Minnesota
Derek Chauvin is the second Minneapolis police officer to stand trial for murder in the last few years, but that is where similarities to Mohamed Noor end, our Local Journalism Initiative partner the Star Tribune finds.
Star Tribune
March 27, 2021
POISONED: Part 1: The Factory
Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.
Tampa Bay Times
March 24, 2021
Not an Either/Or: Minnesota Police Officer and Dad Find Common Ground on Race and Policing
The fault line that cracked open last summer between Jai Hanson and his father, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Sam Hanson, is not a unique story in this divisive era.
Star Tribune
March 20, 2021
Chauvin Trial Brings a Challenge: How to Choose an Impartial Jury
The trial is set to start, but ruling on 3rd-degree murder charge brings uncertainty.
Star Tribune
March 7, 2021
After a Bruising, Exhausting Pandemic Year, a Shard of Hope for Some in Tampa Bay
March 1 marked a year since Florida confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Tampa Bay Times spent the day with a grieving mother, a tired teacher, an optimistic outfitter, a frustrated florist and a woman still struggling to recover.
Tampa Bay Times
March 5, 2021
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

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