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OPB Selected by ProPublica to Join Its Local Reporting Network

OPB has been named by ProPublica to participate in the latest expansion of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, a program aimed at supporting investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations. The projects, which will begin on July 1 and continue for a year, are supported by a grant from the Abrams Foundation.  

OPB is one of six newsrooms chosen from a pool of 138 applications from 42 states as well as the District of Columbia. Topics will include health care, tribal schools, housing, correctional facilities and environmental regulation.

OPB Reporter Tony Schick has been selected to join the network of journalists, collaborating with ProPublica as he continues to embark on critical investigative journalism within our local community.

Schick is an award-winning investigative and data reporter for OPB’s Science & Environment unit. His work includes examining wolf management in the Northwest, how we approach wildfires and wildfire science; the mounting death toll in Northwest jails, oil trains in the Northwest, and Oregon links to illegal rainforest logging. His five-part investigative series he co-reported in 2017 about the Chemawa Indian School near Salem, Oregon prompted six members of Oregon’s congressional delegation to call on federal officials for an investigation into the school. 

OPB joins the following newsrooms and reporters selected for the network:

  • The Arizona Republic, Alden Woods
  • The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland), Danielle Ohl
  • The Frontier (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Brianna Bailey
  • Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, R.G. Dunlop
  • Miami Herald, Carol Marbin Miller  

Projects from this year’s Local Reporting Network have exposed the serious harms caused by California’s shift of inmates from state prisons to county jails, the vast swaths of Alaska that have no local law enforcement officers, and how wealthy towns in Connecticut have fought to keep affordable housing out. A project about how Rhode Island’s 911 operators are unprepared to handle cardiac arrest calls has led to the removal of the head of the state 911 system and a budget proposal to increase training for 911 call takers. Another project about a tax incentive program in New Jersey has caused the state to freeze a $260 million tax break for Holtec International, an energy company that built its new headquarters on the Camden waterfront.

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