The Maine Monitor and health reporter Rose Lundy are among five new partner newsrooms and journalists selected to join the Local Reporting Network of ProPublica, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that “produces investigative journalism with moral force.”
ProPublica launched the Local Reporting Network at the beginning of 2018 to boost investigative journalism in local newsrooms. It has since worked with nearly 60 news organizations.
Lundy joins a group of Local Reporting Network reporters based at newsrooms across the U.S., including Robin Urevich of Capital & Main in California, Becca Savransky of the Idaho Statesman, Jessica Miller of The Salt Lake Tribune and Brandi Kellam of the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism at WHRO.
The group will begin their respective year-long investigative projects on Nov. 1.
“We’re delighted that Rose has been selected to pursue this project for The Maine Monitor, and we are tremendously grateful to ProPublica,” said David Dahl, the editor of The Maine Monitor. “This is another example of the Monitor’s commitment to investigative and enterprise reporting.”
Lundy came to The Maine Monitor as a Report for America corps member in 2020.
Before joining the Monitor, Lundy covered local government for The Daily News, a newspaper in Washington state. She has written award-winning stories about price-gouging in mobile home parks, heat and food insecurity, achievement gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic and nursing home closures.
Lundy earned a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Maine Monitor was also a member of the Local Reporting Network in 2020 when Samantha Hogan produced her award-winning “Defenseless” series that investigated how Maine handles legal services for the poor.
The Maine Monitor and ProPublica found that more than a quarter of Maine attorneys disciplined in the past decade for serious professional misconduct were hired as lawyers for the poor. Sex crimes and felony convictions were among the most severe infractions overlooked in the only state without public defenders.
The Local Reporting Network is part of ProPublica’s local initiative, which also includes offices in the Midwest, South and Southwest, plus an investigative unit in partnership with The Texas Tribune.