1A Across America is a two-year collaboration to incorporate more local and regional viewpoints into the national conversation. Leading up to the 2020 general election, 1A’s production team will work with six public media stations that are deeply rooted in their communities to bring each region’s underreported issues and concerns to 1A’s national audience.

This project seeks to rectify identified gaps in national news coverage. 1A Across America will tell nuanced, deeply sourced stories from communities that have been underreported on a national level. These will be heard through on-air discussions and interviews, field reporting and live events.

Our partners include:

  • WBHM in Birmingham; airs across Birmingham and Fort Payne, Alabama
  • Michigan Radio; airs across Southeast Michigan, Flint and West Michigan
  • KUNC; Community Radio for Northern Colorado
  • Houston Public Media News 88.7; serves the Greater Houston region
  • KMUW; airs across the greater Wichita, Kansas, region
  • MPR News; signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans


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1A Across America Staff

Field reporter James Morrison is a seasoned journalist who has worked on numerous podcasts. He is also an award-winning broadcast reporter whose stories have aired on Morning Edition, Here & Now, The World and multiple public radio member stations. He began his career as show producer for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, California.

Live events producer Amanda Williams joined 1A as an intern a year ago after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter in Virginia and a student fellow at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Since then, she has been involved in every aspect of the show’s production, including live events and remote broadcasts. She has now been brought on as 1A Across America’s full-time live events producer.


About CPB

1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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