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Raymon Troncoso / Capitol News Illinois

Raymon Troncoso joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2020 as a reporter via the national Report For America program.

Troncoso is a multimedia journalist who is a graduate of the University of Florida. He reports on how state government and legislation impacts underserved communities. His focus is not only on minority communities, but also the many rural communities throughout Illinois that feel disconnected from what happens at the Capitol in Springfield.

Report For America is a national service program that places talented, emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to three years on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report For America addresses an urgent need in journalism at a time when news deserts are widening across the county, leaving communities uninformed on local issues and threatening our democracy like never before.

Troncoso said he believes in RFA’s mission, shared by Capitol News Illinois, of strengthening communities and democracy through local journalism. He recognizes how the continued reductions of newsroom resources have impacted communities and democracy.

“This has led to news deserts, and in many areas of the country one of the most prominent news deserts is coverage of state governments,” he said. “People simply don't know what's going on in their own state because news outlets can't afford dedicated coverage of the capitol. That's why I joined Capitol News Illinois, because it's doing essential work, providing a service that benefits the entire state."