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Bringing Stories Home

Bringing Stories Home is the Pulitzer Center's initiative designed to help U.S. newsrooms cover the big, underreported stories that affect us all—and through education and other outreach promote the public engagement that is essential if our democracy is to thrive.

News outlets eligible for participation in Bringing Stories Home include all those serving U.S. cities in which population ranks 21st or lower. The Pulitzer Center is already actively working with partner outlets in many such cities, from Louisville to Tucson to St. Louis. Bringing Stories Home represents a major investment in local news, providing resources to cover stories that might not otherwise get told. 

Support for Bringing Stories Home is provided in part by an unrestricted endowment gift from the Facebook Journalism Project. Support for reporting projects also comes from the Omidyar Network, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, Humanity United, and other generous donors to the Pulitzer Center.

Bringing Stories Home

Capturing Stories of Life in Illinois

The Illinois State Museum launched an initiative to record history as it is happening, inviting the people of Illinois to share their experiences living through the pandemic.

Poverty and the Pandemic in Mississippi

The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting captures the stories of people and places hit hardest by the nation’s worst pandemic in a century.

Prairie State Museums Project: The Impact of COVID-19 on Illinois Museums

In partnership with local media organizations across Illinois, this project elevates the stories of “Prairie State” museums and their inherent community and economic value as they face the COVID crisis.

How Do We Survive?

With the economy in crisis because of the pandemic, survival is a day-to-day struggle for millions of undocumented Americans and Latinx immigrants living below the poverty line.

The 1857 Project

The 1857 Project tells the story of race in St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois. The 1857 Dred Scott decision denying blacks humanity and the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates were the prelude to Civil War.

Bouncing Back: North Carolina's Economic Journey to Recovery

From the mountains to the sea, an analysis of how North Carolinians struggle and survive as a virus tests the life blood of their communities.

Meet the Journalists: Rich Lord, Michael Santiago, and Stacy Innerst

Journalists Rich Lord, Michael M. Santiago, and Stacy Innerst speak about their year-long exploration of child poverty—one that takes them to Scotland, where the national government, local leaders, and the health system work to ensure that by 2030, no more than 5 percent of kids will live in poverty.

Meet the Journalist: Zahra Ahmad

In Feb. 2019, journalist Zahra Ahmad returned to Iraq to reunite with her family for the first time since immigrating to the U.S in 1998. Here she explains what sparked her trip and what she learned.