Get to know our new Public Service Journalism team

Lee’s new Public Service Journalism team members bring expertise in various topical backgrounds, including public safety, public health, government, social justice and the environment.

The regional Public Service Journalism teams will assist reporters in local markets with access to public records, track taxpayer money and government spending, examine data related to health, crime and safety issues, and serve as watchdogs for communities across the country. In their previous reporting roles both inside Lee newsrooms and in other news markets, these team members’ work has helped free the innocent, put the guilty behind bars and change laws.

Lead reporter Patrick Wilson: Member of the Richmond Times-Dispatch state politics team since 2017. Previously worked at The Virginian-Pilot, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Potomac News in Northern Virginia. Michigan native and graduate of Michigan State University with a journalism degree. Was a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network and reported on the influence of Virginia’s largest electric utility on state energy law in 2020, a project that resulted in a first-place award for investigative reporting from the Virginia Press Association. Awarded the Virginia Coalition for Open Government’s FOI Media Award for his use of public records that showed a former state lieutenant governor helped create a job for himself at a public university where he had been on the governing board.

Alison Burdo: A reporter for The Press of Atla