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CPB Helps Ohio River Regional Journalism

Nearly $450,000 granted to establish collaborative group

Seven public radio stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been given $445,000 grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to form an Ohio River Regional Journalism Collaboration.

The Ohio River Network will produce multimedia journalism that covers economy, environment, agriculture, infrastructure and health in the region. It will also collaborate with national programs, including “PBS NewsHour,” “Frontline,” “Marketplace,” “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

With the grant from CPB, eight journalists can be hired at the seven stations for two years; station support will continue in outlying years.

Housing the project’s managing editor and data journalist, the group is led by Louisville Public Media. The other stations making up the group include WEKU(FM) in Richmond and Lexington, Ky., WKU(FM) in Bowling Green, Ky., WMMT(FM)/Appalshop in Whitesburg, Ky., WKMS(FM) in Murray, Ky., West Virginia Public Radio, and WOUB(FM) in Athens, Ohio.