Will Wright

Will Wright is a Galloway Fellow reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader with Report for America, part of the Appalachian Reporting Project which is made possible by the Galloway Family Foundation. Will covered the environment and government accountability during internships at the Sacramento Bee, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. He was editor-in-chief of University of Kentucky’s independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. After graduating from University of Kentucky in December 2016, Wright completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He grew up in Eighty Four, PA, a small town outside Pittsburgh. Since joining RFA as a Galloway Fellow, Wright has reopened the Lexington Herald Leader’s Pike County Bureau in Kentucky. He already put a spotlight on Kentucky’s “worst water district” where some residents went without water for weeks. The district’s business manager retired shortly after publication, and the state committed $3.4 million to fix water issues in eastern Kentucky. Will also collaborated with veteran reporter Bill Estep to break a story about $3 million in back taxes owed by Kentucky-based coal companies linked to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

STIRRING THE WATERS

Many in Eastern Kentucky can’t count on clean water

December 10, 2018
STIRRING THE WATERS

‘Muddy, nasty water.’

December 10, 2018
STIRRING THE WATERS

‘Set the buckets out.’

December 10, 2018
STIRRING THE WATERS

‘Tip of the spear’

December 10, 2018
ON THE GROUND FROM INEZ, KY

During a water crisis, residents embrace reporters as allies

April 10, 2018