Report For America journalist will cover South Dakota politics, rural issues

Jason Harward will begin his assignment for Forum News Service on June 27. His work will be found on the websites and newspapers of Forum Communications Co.

Jason Harward joins Forum News Service on June 27, 2022.
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A new full-time reporter will cover South Dakota politics and issues beginning this month through the national service program Report for America.

Jason Harward will begin his assignment for Forum News Service on June 27. His work will be found on the websites and newspapers of Forum Communications Co., including the Mitchell Republic .

He will report on the South Dakota Legislature and politics at a time when Gov. Kristi Noem is being mentioned as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. In addition, he will roam undercovered areas to tell stories about the rural economy, health care and tribal and immigrant communities. These workers are a major part of the agriculture and meatpacking industries.

Before beginning with the Report for America corps, Harward will earn his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. There, he worked with the Medill News Service in Washington, D.C., where he produced daily and enterprise stories from the halls of Congress, with a focus on the Biden administration domestic agenda, among other topics. Harward also has been a reporter and executive producer for the Northwestern News Network in Evanston, Illinois. He also has interned at KSAT-12 News in San Antonio, Texas, and at the Wilmette Watch in Wilmette, Illinois.

Harward is among more than 300 journalists in Report for America’s 2022-23 reporting corps. The cohort, which includes a number of corps members returning for a second or third year, will join the staffs of more than 200 local news organizations across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.


“Report for America provides a unique opportunity for journalists to pursue meaningful, local beat reporting that sadly is missing from many of today’s newsrooms,” Earl Johnson, director of admissions at Report for America, said in a statement. “Together, our emerging and experienced corps members will produce tens of thousands of articles on critically undercovered topics — schools, government, health care, the environment, communities of color, and more.”

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project , a nonprofit journalism organization.

Report for America’s work is made possible by the Knight Foundation, Meta Journalism Project, Google News Initiative, Hilton Foundation, Microsoft, SpringPoint Partners, Natasha and Dirk Ziff, Joyce Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Just Trust, Lumina Foundation, Hearthland Foundation, Posner Foundation, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Henry L. Kimelman Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Tow Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Park Foundation, Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation, and other leading philanthropic partners.

To learn more about Report for America and its efforts to strengthen communities through public service journalism, visit

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