Claire Napier Galofaro
Claire Galofaro has been documenting the spiraling opioid epidemic since joining the Associated Press in 2015. Galofaro, a correspondent in Louisville, Kentucky, was awarded the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2017 for her reporting on Appalachia after the collapse of the coal industry, as it became ground zero for the crisis. Her stories for the Associated Press have explored the repercussions of poverty and government dependency and how despair in small-town America gave way to the rise of President Donald Trump. Before joining the Associated Press, she worked for several newspapers across the American South, from New Orleans to the Virginia foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She received a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.