Twelve Missouri School of Journalism students and alumni chosen as 2023-24 Report for America corps members

May 26, 2023

Four members of the University of Missouri School of Journalism class of 2023 and eight alumni will join the 2023–24 class of Report for America (RFA), which sends journalists to news outlets across the country to report on under covered issues and communities.

This year’s reporting corps of more than 200 journalists and photojournalists will be dispatched in July to local news organizations across the country. Eight RFA journalists, in collaboration with their respective newsrooms, will report for the Mississippi River Basin Ag and Water Desk, which is based at the School of Journalism.

Report for America is a two-year program with an optional third year.

Here’s the complete list of RFA journalists and their beats.

  • Maria Benevento, MA ’21: education for The Kansas City Beacon.
  • Maia Bond, BJ ’23: poverty and health care in Dubuque, Iowa, for the Telegraph Herald.
  • Danielle DuClos, BJ ’22: watchdog education, including what’s working in schools, for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin.
  • Connor Giffin, BJ ’22: pesticide runoff and climate change for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky (Mississippi River Basin Ag and Water Desk).
  • Adam Goldstein, MA ‘23: environment and climate for The New Bedford Light.
  • Laura Kebede, BJ ’12: civil rights cold cases in Tennessee for the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.
  • Madison McVan, BJ ’20: economic mobility for the Minnesota Reformer.
  • Hannah Norton, BJ ’22: Texas legislature and its hyperlocal effects on communities for Community Impact Newspaper in Texas.
  • Xcaret Nuñez, BJ ’22: Oklahoma agriculture and rural issues for KOSU radio in Oklahoma City.
  • Claudia Rivera Cotto, MA ‘23: politics and immigration for Enlace Latino NC in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Jacob Steimer, BJ ’16: poverty, power and politics in Shelby County, Tennessee, for MLK50: Justice Through Journalism.
  • Sofi Zeman, BJ ’23: education, safety and crime for the Uvalde Leader-News.
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