Local journalism is in crisis. While the traditional journalism business model is dying, the need for journalism — a pillar of our democracy — is more important than ever.

The Beacon, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to public service journalism, is launching a Wichita newsroom in Summer 2021.

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Rafael Garcia

Garcia will cover local and state education for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, Garcia covered K-12 and higher education for The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Manhattan Mercury. He is originally from Emporia, a proud graduate of public and private schools in Kansas, and has a love for doughnuts that paid off when a feature he wrote on the topic took first place in the Kansas Press Association’s local business category.


Celia Hack

Hack will cover local government for The Wichita Beacon. She is originally from Westwood, Kansas, and previously covered local government, criminal justice, environmental issues and education for ecoRI News, the Kansas Leadership Center’s The Journal, the Shawnee Mission Post and The Brown Daily Herald. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics and environmental science.


Stefania Lugli

Lugli will be a community watchdog reporter for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, she was a metro correspondent for The Boston Globe, an investigative intern for the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting and a digital intern for the GroundTruth Project. Originally from Florida and born into a Venezuelan family, she speaks Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.



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