May 28, 2021
University of Missouri School of Journalism May 2021 graduates Maria Benevento, Tran Nguyen and Emily Wolf, will join the 2021-22 class of Report for America, which sends journalists to news outlets across the U.S. and its territories to report on under-covered issues and communities.
The reporting corps of nearly 300 journalists will be dispatched in June to more than 200 local newsrooms in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Here is a complete list of the school’s students and alumni in the 2021-22 RFA class and their beats:
- Kassidy Arena, BJ ’20: Iowa statehouse, especially issues affecting underserved populations, for Iowa Public Radio.
- Maria Benevento, graduate student: education in Kansas City for The Beacon.
- Seth Bodine, MA ’20: Oklahoma’s KOSU radio, which has studios in Oklahoma City and Stillwater, focusing on agriculture and rural issues.
- Jessi Dodge, BJ ’19, MA ’20: photojournalism in Buffalo, Wyoming, and surrounding areas for the Buffalo Bulletin.
- Renee Hickman, MA ’18: population loss and its effects for the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin.
- Catherine Hoffman, BJ ’20: rural issues in Missouri for Kansas City PBS.
- Yehyun Kim, MA ’19: photojournalism, especially in communities of color for The Connecticut Mirror.
- Humera Lodhi, BJ ’19: a team approach to coverage of gun violence in the city for The Kansas City Star.
- Tran Nguyen, graduate student: Vietnamese communities in San Jose, California, for San Jose Spotlight.
- Kaitlin Washburn, BJ ’19: a team approach to coverage of gun violence in the city for The Kansas City Star. This is Washburn’s third year in the program.
- Emily Wolf, BJ ’21: data/local government reporting in Kansas City for The Beacon.