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For my 2020 National Fellowship project, I wanted to cover all COVID-19 angles and regions along the 3000-mile U.S.-Mexico border, including the number of infections, reasons for disparities, multifamily dwellings, the fate of essential workers, the role played by preexisting conditions, and hospita
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Two reporters share how they cleared tall hurdles to paint a harrowing portrait of COVID-19's impact on Southern California nursing homes.
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A quick primer on how to cover assisted living and senior care facilities, which account for a massively disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths.
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"My dream of riding a truck and drinking endless cups of chai with truck drivers at dhabas or roadside eateries was shattered by COVID-19."
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The pandemic, climate change, and systemic racism dominate conversation during the first presidential debate.
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This week, we’re proud to welcome 23 journalists from around the nation to our annual 2020 National Fellowship.
By Linda Jue
San Francisco-based writer and editor Linda Jue responds to the verbal attacks, intimidation and physical assaults Asians have faced in the country, which have intensified during the pandemic.
By Allissa V. Richardson, Ph.D
USC professor Alissa V. Richardson on why cellphone videos of vigilante violence and fatal police encounters should be viewed like lynching photographs – with solemn reserve and careful circulation - and how people became so comfortable viewing black people’s dying moments in the first place.
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Are San Benito County students with behavioral problems receiving appropriate mental health services, or are they being pushed into special education because of a lack of services and misdiagnosis?
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My own morals and ethics frequently came into play, whether it was weighing the responsibility of protecting a source’s identity against the public’s need for transparency or deciding if a series like this warranted a more discerning look at certain systems and policies in place.



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