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Emily Hays

Race, Education and Rural Issues Reporter

Illinois Public Media

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Professional Bio

Emily Hays started at WILL in October 2021 after three-plus years in hyperlocal nonprofit newsrooms in Virginia and Connecticut. She has won state awards for her housing coverage at Charlottesville Tomorrow and her education reporting at the New Haven Independent. Emily graduated from Yale University in 2016 where she majored in History and South Asian Studies.


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2021 Connecticut SPJ Education Reporting 1st Place
2021 Connecticut SPJ Covid News 3rd Place
2021 VPA Best in Show for Online Artwork
2021 VPA Best in Show for Online Writing
Job Role
Reporter, Editor
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