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Microsoft Launches Program To Preserve And Protect Local Journalism In Fresno

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Samuel Orozco, Rebecca Plevin, Madi Bolanos and Benjamin Boone
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Clockwise from top left: Samuel Orozco, Rebecca Plevin, Madi Bolanos and Alice Daniel

Microsoft is piloting a new project to increase and support local news in four cities across the country including Fresno. KVPR was among the newsrooms chosen for the collaboration along with the Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle and Radio Bilingue. To learn more, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Valley Public Radio reporter Madi Bolanos and News Director Alice Daniel. Also joining the conversation were Project Director Rebecca Plevin and Radio Bilingue Director of National News and Information Samuel Orozco.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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