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

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
Cheat Codes: Students Search For Shortcuts as Virtual Schooling Expands
Cheating has always been an issue in schools, but there is little getting in the way for students today. Shared answers have become even more accessible as districts have adopted or expanded their use of popular online learning programs.
Oklahoma Watch
October 23, 2020
Hurting Right Now? This Florida Woman Wants You to Know You’re Not Alone
As early as April, mental health specialists across the country were warning about how the coronavirus and lockdown would cause more people to struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Tampa Bay Times
October 5, 2020
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

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