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INBA Member Awarded Investigative Grant From ProPublica

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Illinois Newsroom reporter and INBA member Rachel Otwell has been awarded a grant from ProPublica for a year-long investigative project in 2019. More than 215 news organizations applied from 43 states, according to a news release from ProPublica announcing the award.

The grant is part of ProPublica’s “Local Reporting Network,” with a goal to provide “the resources and help to execute accountability stories that would not otherwise have been possible.” The national, non-profit investigative journalism organization will provide funding, research, editorial and engagement support to 14 newsrooms across the country during 2019.

Otwell, based at Illinois Newsroom partner station NPR Illinois in Springfield, will focus for the year on issues related to sexual harassment and abuse on college and university campuses in Illinois. Most recently, Otwell explored the topic in the piece “Do Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies Allow Harassment To Persist?

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