Author: Nick Forsythe

Belleville News-Democrat editor: Local investigative reporting is the ‘bedrock’ of community journalism

Lexi Cortes got her first taste of investigative reporting at her college newspaper. When writing for the Alestle at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Cortes discovered major contradictions in the school administration’s statements regarding the closure of the school’s museum. She was hooked.   Cortes now writes for the Belleville News-Democrat, where she recently reported on two