Pete Grieve is a digital reporter covering public health for Spectrum News 1 Ohio, who comes to us via the Report for America initiative. A recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied political science and photography and was the editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon, he has also gained experience through reporting internships at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times and CNN Politics.

Among the most meaningful stories he has covered was in college, when a friend texted him video of gunshots ringing out near campus. He went to the scene and discovered that one of his classmates had been shot during a manic episode by a campus police officer. Pete was able to report that news, which made its way to the front pages of Chicago’s newspapers, then covered the protests on campus about policing and mental health that followed.

Pete grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C., and in his spare time enjoys running and exploring Ohio. Having gone to college at a school without a big-time football program, he is excited to be in Buckeye country.

Report for America’s mission is to strengthen our communities and our democracy through local journalism that is truthful, fearless, fair and smart. RFA does so by placing talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative founded in 2018 by the nonprofit media organization The GroundTruth Project, it is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations. About 50% of RFA reporters are people of color and 60% are women.

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