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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

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Mission and Purpose

Public News Service is an independent, member-supported news organization providing "news in the public interest" through a network of independent state newswires. Our journalists report on a broad spectrum of public interest topics with the goal of promoting an informed citizenry to support vibrant, equitable, and participatory communities – ultimately leading to a healthier democracy. We work with a range of organizations – nonprofits, foundations, social enterprises – and individuals that help "Fund-A-Beat," to report on critical issues that receive too little coverage, lift up voices that often go unheard in the media, and make greater journalistic breadth available to broadcasters and publishers on any platform. Our unique, solutions-oriented, and locally-focused reporting and collaborative approach to distributing stories brings public interest news to audiences across geographic and political divides.

Our Team

Public News Service is made up of a close-knit team of committed journalists and long-time nonprofit staffers. On a day-to-day basis, our team connects with hundreds of grassroots organizations who keep us informed on a cross-cutting range of social justice, environmental, and economic issues. Our journalists are broadcast veterans whose credits include the New York Times, NPR, and major networks and dailies across the country.

Our Founding and History

Public News Service was founded in Idaho in 1996 by Lark Corbeil, a long-time journalist who came from Reuters. After noticing the severe shortages in the scope and depth of local news, PNS pioneered the "Fund-A-Beat" model and launched the first ever radio-serving state newswire. Over the last nearly 30 years, PNS has grown one state at a time, recruiting experienced journalists to establish a national network for state-level public interest news.

What We Do

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Public News Service is a national newswire with a local focus. Through a network of state-based newswires, PNS reports state-level, public interest news and seeks to help the average American answer the question, "how does this news impact me today?" Public News Service stories are used across a spectrum of local media: on the radio, on TV news, in your favorite blog, or in the newspaper – helping PNS stories reach audiences who may not otherwise have access to public interest news.

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Every day Public News Service distributes free stories across the country, with a reach that spans the largest newsrooms to the smallest outlets. Public News Service distributes our reporting to over 10,000 media outlets each day to publish on their own platforms. Each of our stories includes a print/website version with photos and graphics, audio files from our producers, a broadcast script for media personnel to read on air, and source information/contacts for local reporters to pursue interviews on their own. PNS reporting is consumed on thousands of radio, print, and TV outlets every year.

The Fund-A-Beat Model

Any organization can pledge support for Public News Service reporting with the understanding that they are helping to fund independent journalism committed to the public interest. Support can be earmarked for reporting on specific issue categories. Foundations, nonprofits, and other organizations can support our reporting through membership, grants, or charitable donations. The Fund-A-Beat model works as a cooperative model to develop local news: our supporters’ passion and expertise drives the issues that need coverage, and our journalists develop original independent journalism to broaden public awareness. On a day-to-day basis, our journalists link with hundreds of NGOs who share our goal of creating compelling news that fosters social awareness and change. Contact for more information.

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Joshua Wise
Managing Director

Mary Schuermann Kuhlman
Managing Editor

Chris Thomas
News Director

Kathryn Pardo
Director of Operations

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