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KCUR’s Luke X. Martin named to coaching pilot program for journalists of color

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
University of Missouri
KCUR's Luke X. Martin (bottom row, middle) is one of six coaching fellows for Upward, a coaching pilot for journalists of color.

Martin, a race and culture reporter at KCUR, will be one of six journalists to take part in the first-ever coaching cohort at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri-Columbia has announced Upward, a new initiative designed to guide and support journalists of color in local journalism.

Six coaching fellows have been named for the inaugural program, including KCUR’s race and culture reporter Luke X. Martin. Luke joins other journalists from around the country for the seven-month leadership development curriculum, led by RJI Fellow Emma Carew Grovum.

“The goal is not just to guide participants through a curriculum but to help them create lasting relationships with the other leaders in the cohort while learning how to overcome obstacles that journalists of color are facing,” reads a release from RJI.

“I'm thrilled for Luke to be a part of this program,” says KCUR news director Lisa Rodriguez. “He's already a leader in KCUR's newsroom — both through his thoughtful reporting and his contribution to conversations we're having about our own workplace culture.”

Click or tap here to read the complete press release.

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