The River newsroom

We launched a partnership with The River, the Hudson River Valley and Catskills newsroom, on the topic of vaccine delivery in early 2021.

In tandem with reporter Lissa Harris of The River’s staff, we investigated the opportunities for getting the Covid-19 vaccine in the Hudson Valley.

“A Guide to Getting Vaccinated in the Hudson Valley and Catskills: The who, what, when, where, why, and how of COVID-19 vaccination in our region.”

“Since March of 2020, The River has been covering COVID-19 across the Hudson Valley and Catskills region,” Harris wrote in May 2021. “Our coronavirus news roundups have kept track of the fast-changing landscape of the pandemic, from sweeping statewide policy developments to news from our region’s smallest towns.

“Now we’re announcing something new: We’re partnering with the healthcare journalism experts at ClearHealthCosts, a company based in Westchester County, to put practical tools for navigating pandemic health care in readers’ hands. Our first joint effort is a guide to getting a COVID-19 vaccine locally.

“Buckle up: There’s a lot of information coming. We have official guidelines from New York State and local governments, and also some insider tips on navigating the process, collected from personal experience, social media, and our reporting. At the top of this guide, you’ll find a map to all of the vaccine sites we know of in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region, with contact information and links to their websites.”


This continues our national strategy of bringing transparency to health care not only on our home site, but also in partnership with other news organizations, including CBS News; WVUE Fox 8 Live and I The Times-Picayune in New Orleans; KQED public radio in San Francisco; KPCC public radio in Los Angeles; WLRN public radio in Miami; WUSF public radio in Tampa-St. Petersburg; their Florida partnership, Health News Florida; and MedPage Today, a provider of news, opinion and medical education to 670,000 providers, among others. Read about our national partnerships here.

We have won a ton of prizes, including the national public service gold medal with CBS from the Society of Professional Journalists – Sigma Delta Chi. This post from NiemanLab describes our partnership in New Orleans with WVUE FOX 8 Live and I The Times-Picayune.

Our work has been funded by a few angel investors and also by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation (via the International Women’s Media Foundation), the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York, the McCormick Foundation (via J-Lab at American University); the Lenfest Foundation; the New York State Health Foundation; and others.