Lucia Reports for America
KUNR Public Radio is expanding our news coverage to improve our service to you, but we need your help.
There is a crisis in journalism that has become a crisis for our democracy. News bureaus nationwide have shuttered, editorial budgets have been slashed, and communities have suffered without coverage of important issues that affect them. At the same time, there is a growing mistrust of journalists and the work they do.
In the face of this crisis, with the support of Report For America and The GroundTruth Project, KUNR is expanding its local news coverage to provide our community with information they can trust. We are excited to have Lucia Starbuck joining KUNR as a full-time reporter covering the impacts of the coronavirus on our community with a focus on housing and food insecurity.
We are asking our community to help us sustain the growth in our reporting. We need to raise at least $20,000 to support this position for one year. Anything beyond that will help to extend the position for a second year.
We understand that these are uncertain times for many. For those who are able, please consider making a gift. Any gift, no matter the size, will make an impact in supporting this vital reporting in our community.
The GroundTruth Project
The GroundTruth Project is an award winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. In 2017, GroundTruth launched Report for America, an ambitious movement in national service which aims to place 1,000 emerging reporters in local newsrooms across the country by 2024.
About Lucia Starbuck
Lucia Starbuck focuses on community reporting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra. Lucia knows our area well as she was born and raised in Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, along with a minor in cinema and media studies. Local community issues are her passion, and she has provided coverage on the affordable housing crisis, access to oral healthcare and the challenges voters with disabilities face while participating in the election process.
Lucia contributed to KUNR’s coverage of hateful expressions at the University of Nevada, Reno, produced in 2019, which won a regional Edward R. Murrow award and first place recognition by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) contest for continuing coverage. Lucia also co-created and contributed to the series Spurs & Mud: A Century of Rodeo, which won first place from APTRA in 2019 for Best Sports Coverage.
For more information about how you can support KUNR, please contact Laurice Antoun-Becker at email@example.com.