NPR’s Nancy Barnes encourages Report for America grads to continue standing up for essential truths: ‘This is a life’s calling’


Report for America corps members, family, friends and staff came together virtually this past weekend to celebrate the graduation of more than 130 journalists from the national service program — its largest ceremony yet.

The grads have all completed at least one year of service with Report America with several having two to three years in the reporting corps under their belts. The majority intend to stay in local news and more than 20% were hired on by their newsrooms.

NPR’s Nancy Barnes, senior vice president for news and editorial director, delivered the commencement address. She shared the successes and challenges that have come with her decades of journalism experience — beginning at the local level — and reminded the corps members of how vital their work is.

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