Covid-19 FOIA Repository2020-2021

The Covid-19 FOIA Repository began as a 2019-2020 Magic Grant that shifted its focus to reporting on how local governments were responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The team will continue its work, issuing targeted Freedom of Information Act requests to build a nationwide repository of Covid-19 related emails between city, county, and state officials. So far, the project has requested records from more than 200 agencies in 44 states, and received 16 substantive responses from 10 states totaling more than 50,000 pages and hundreds of attachments, in data and PDF forms. The Covid-19 FOIA Repository will make the full document sets searchable and available to news organizations, academics and the public. This project is funded, in part, by a gift from PBS FRONTLINE.

The Team