NPR receives $4.7M to fund new newsrooms
In May, NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network, an initiative encouraging collaboration and coordination between member stations to strengthen reporting, received a grant of $4.7M from philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt. The grant will create and sustain a new newsroom in California as well as a Midwest regional hub connecting member stations in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.
The grant will be used to increase local coverage across the states, focusing on underserved communities and expanding investigative reporting capacities in both newsrooms. The California newsroom, led by NPR-member station KQED in San Francisco, will collaborate with all 17 public radio across the state. The Midwest hub will provide access to content to all 25 public radio stations across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Eric Schmidt served as the CEO of Google from 2001-2011.