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Examining ENPLAN’s map of wildfire risk factors are, from left to right, ENPLAN CEO Randall Hauser, Regional Executive Editor Silas Lyons and Local News Editor Jenny Espino, both of the Record Searchlight, and Catalina Llanos of ENPLAN. (Photo: MIKE CHAPMAN/RECORD SEARCHLIGHT)

The Redding Record Searchlight will hire a reporter specializing in education and childhood trauma in 2020 through a partnership with Report for America — a program that helps newspapers fund coverage of critical local issues. 

The funding comes at a time when “news deserts” are widening across the U.S., leaving communities less informed on local issues, according to a press release announcing the program. 

Report for America will pay for one year

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