Herald receives grant to cover the working class

EVERETT – The Daily Herald, in partnership with the Report for America national utility, has hired Katie Hayes to cover the working class.

Hayes comes from the Shelton-Mason County Journal, where she reports on local government. She previously freelanced private militias for InvestigateWest and Crosscut, freelanced for The Olympian, and worked for The Chronicle in Centralia. She also blogged her own coverage of police accountability issues in Olympia and was an intern with the Riverfront Times in her hometown of St. Louis. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

At The Herald, Hayes will focus on a part of the community whose stories are often not told. These include struggles with housing, employment, transportation, education, mental health, immigration, addiction, homelessness, and a litany of other problems that plague a population that is more and more seemingly left behind.

She will also examine the impact of political and social policies on the working class and document the daily efforts required to advance in one of the richest and most expensive metropolitan areas in the country.

“I am thrilled to join The Daily Herald and look forward to meeting the Everett community,” said Hayes. “What I find most exciting about this position is the opportunity to delve deeply into topics that are most important to readers. Every problem imaginable affects the working class, and this beat is a great opportunity to learn more about topics that readers value. I look forward to learning more about which topics are important to you. “

Hayes starts work June 1st.

“Katie’s a proven talent, a die-hard reporter, and we’re delighted to have her join The Herald,” said Editor-in-Chief Phillip O’Connor. “With the help of Report for America, we continue to invest in our newsroom at a time when local journalism is facing unprecedented financial pressure. Your attitude is an expression of our commitment to our community and to our public service mission. “

Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit journalism organization. The program places journalists in local newsrooms to cover undercover topics and communities. Hayes is one of 300 journalists in the Report for America Corps 2021-22 announced on Tuesday.

“The crisis in our democracy, disinformation and polarization is in many ways a consequence of the breakdown of local news,” said Steven Waldman, Co-Founder and President of Report for America. “We have a unique opportunity to reverse this decline by filling the newsrooms with talented journalists who not only see journalism as a public service but can also create trusted connections with the communities they serve.”

Report for America uses a unique funding model that pays half the salary of a Corps member, while encouraging and encouraging local news partners to contribute a quarter and local and regional funders to contribute the final quarter.

“Report for America is committed to helping The Daily Herald provide accurate, fact-based reports that the Snohomish County community can rely on by public service journalists,” said Teri Hayt, associate director for Corps Excellence at Report for America. “The Daily Herald is a trusted partner and we are delighted that the community supports their efforts too.”

The Herald, in partnership with Snohomish County’s Community Foundation, has raised more than $ 275,000 in tax-deductible contributions from our readers to contribute to Report for America and The Daily Herald’s investigative, environmental, and climate change reporting funds since its inception in the year 2020 to support.

If you are interested in supporting this work, please visit www.heraldnet.com/donate.

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