The Sacramento Bee
There was no August slowdown in 2020. McClatchy’s newsrooms created vital work that informed our communities during these extraordinary times. Our accountability work included a team effort in South Carolina to explain how renters across the state are taken advantage of, legally, by a powerful landlord. We shed light on the misdirection of CARES funds in Sacramento, an investigation that led to the remaining funds being channeled toward public health as intended. The opinion staff in Kansas City broke news about a teenage legislative candidate’s revenge porn. Lexington and Kansas City teamed up to debunk common myths about COVID-19. Sacramento told residents how to prepare for evacuation as wildfires raged. Biloxi told the heart-wrenching story of how white residents fueled hateful rumors even as a Black family grieved. And a team effort among Kansas City, Sacramento and McClatchy’s video team produced an illustrated timeline of 2020’s exceptional challenges.
Read on for the August edition of Extraordinary Journalism.