Gulf States Newsroom
Too many local news outlets have disappeared in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The Gulf States Newsroom was created to ensure that stories related to health care, criminal justice, the economy and other important issues continue to be told. WWNO and WRKF in Louisiana, WBHM in Alabama, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and NPR are working together as a regional newsroom to plan coverage, share resources and add reporting power in a story-rich region that has for too long gone under-covered.
The Regional Team:
Priska Neely, managing editor based at WBHM in Birmingham
Rashah McChesney, senior content editor based at WBHM in Birmingham
Orlando Flores Jr., digital editor based at WWNO in New Orleans
Stephan Bisaha, wealth and poverty reporter based at WBHM in Birmingham
Taylor Washington, Gulf States Newsroom reporting fellow based at WBHM in Birmingham
Shalina Chatlani, health care reporter based at WWNO in New Orleans
Bobbi-Jeanne Misick, justice, race and equity reporter based at WWNO in New Orleans
Danny McArthur, environmental justice reporter based at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson
Maya Miller, reproductive health reporter based at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson
Funding for the Gulf States Newsroom is provided in part by NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Recent stories from the Gulf States Newsroom
- ‘Nobody is getting to you’: How workforce challenges leave Gulf South EMS agencies strapped
- A Mississippi community is ‘grateful’ for more air testing, but skeptical of what comes next
- MLK Day is Monday. In Alabama and Mississippi, it’s also Robert E. Lee Day.
- In the fight for environmental justice, Birmingham tells Jackson to stay loud
- The 2022 moments that will stick with us: Reflections from the Gulf States Newsroom
- Why 2022 was a rough year for Gulf South food pantries, and those who need them
- Denial, detention and deportation threats: The uphill battle for Cameroonian asylum seekers in Louisiana and Mississippi
- Traveling exhibit goes ‘deeper’ into Emmett Till’s story, civil rights history of host cities
- After years in a museum exhibit, Alabama is giving Native Americans their cultural items back
- The Gulf South is dealing with a ‘tripledemic’ of Covid, flu and RSV as the holidays near
- Conflict between Mississippi’s largest hospital, insurer a breaking point for some residents
- In New Orleans, a symbolic bike ride helps fight recidivism. Here’s how it impacted the riders.
- Staying Pink: Jackson Women’s Health Organization is closed, but 1 group continues the fight
- 3 key reasons why ESPN chose Jackson State’s rivalry with Southern for College GameDay
- Fed up with Jackson’s water system, this Mississippi suburb wants to create its own
- Why now is the right time for Alabama to honor Hugo Black’s complicated legacy
- Birmingham’s status as a minor league sports hub gets a major boost from the New Orleans Pelicans
- Despite pushback, the organizers of Cullman’s first pride event are pushing forward
- 6 ways the conversation around a guaranteed income in the US has changed
- Mississippi’s latest move in its anti-abortion agenda? A tax break for corporate donations
- Gulf States rank at the bottom for climate-adapted housing. Organizers want to change that.
- How Dr. Emily Fortney is using her clinical psychology work to help pregnant people
- Jackson’s water crisis put new attention on its longstanding lead contamination issue
- Jackson residents claim city’s water woes stem from decades of neglect in new lawsuit