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Special Segment: What Happens When There's No Newspaper?

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Jones County, North Carolina is one of the over two hundred U.S. counties with no local newspaper – what researchers call a news desert.

In this RadioWest podcast extra, The New Yorker staff writer Charles Bethea shared the story of what happened in the Jones County town of Pollocksville when no local news organization was around to an eye on the community, and what newspapers mean for rural areas and the country at large.

You can read Charles Bethea’s The New Yorker story, What Happens When The News Is Gone, here.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.