Amy Morona - journalist

Hi! I'm currently a reporter/producer with Newsy in D.C., connecting with sources nationwide to create video pieces. I previously worked as a producer on PBS's Washington Week for two years. Before coming to Washington, I spent several years working in local news in my adopted hometown of Cleveland (go Browns!). 

I'm a curious person by nature -- just ask my husband, who pre-pandemic frequently had to pull me away from conversations I started with strangers at the grocery store, on the subway, and many, many other places. When I'm not working, I enjoy working out, reading, and spending time with the people in my life who make me laugh the most.

Clips

Take a look at some of my clips from Newsy, Washington Week, and other outlets. 

Schools Push For Removing Names Of Confederate Leaders On Buildings

An Education Week tally found at least 193 schools in 18 states named after Confederate leaders. As America faces a reckoning on race, more people are pushing to rename school buildings honoring members of the Confederacy. “When we have institutions, not just schools, that are named after Confederate leaders or those who perpetuated racism and lynchings and hate, that exacerbates feelings of race in our schools," Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, said at a J

How Are Schools Responding To Racism Right Now?

The national push for racial equality is propelling some school districts to change. The national push for racial equality is propelling some school districts to change. One example is Muncie, Indiana, Community Schools. Officials there plan to appoint a director of diversity, require implicit bias training for school resource officers and review the current curriculum. “We leave it often to the teachers to be developing their curriculum to teach, so that's where we believe we can do a little

Minneapolis' Schools Ended Their Police Contract. Will Others Follow?

Minneapolis Public Schools recently ended their contract with local police following the death of George Floyd. And now some in other cities want their own districts to follow suit. “We are seeing more of our students being ticketed at such a young age," Denver School Board member Tay Anderson recently told our sister station Denver7 . "Our schools cannot be ground zero for the school-to-prison pipeline.” He said he’d like to see money redirected to mental health counselors, and still wants sc

Community Colleges Prepare For Fall Semester Amid Coronavirus

Schools still face uncertainties as they figure out what the fall semester could look like in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Online learning is nothing new for many of the country’s 1,050 community colleges. “We at Montgomery College have been doing distance learning for years," said Marcus Rosano, director of media and public relations at the Maryland school. "So we've been experts at it before this new world came.” And leaders say they’re used to being nimble. “Community colleges have

Will The Child Care Industry Survive COVID-19?

Experts say the livelihood of an already fragile industry is now at stake due to the pandemic. Earlier this year, Tricia Peterson says her child care center in Wisconsin was earning about $6,000 a week in tuition fees. As enrollment dropped, so did her weekly income — to about $2,500. Peterson says she’s cut costs, stopped taking a paycheck and laid off four employees to remain afloat. “If our doors weren't open, we would not be servicing our families, and it would be that ripple effect of wh

America's opioid crisis means many grandparents are now raising their grandchildren

Kathleen Johnson said her late son Zak didn’t just walk. His stride was so distinctive, people used to call him Tigger. “When he walked, everyone knew him,” she said. Zak was fun, compassionate, and kind, his mom said, racking up friends in activities like the local 4-H Club and wrestling. He lived large. But like the more than 19 million people dealing with a substance abuse issue across the country, Zak was addicted to drugs. He got hooked after high school. Run-ins with the law followed.

What are trigger laws? Examining states' preemptive legislative bans on abortion

The Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago, making abortion legal across the United States. But the court’s makeup has shifted in recent years. Republican President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, leaving some states to draft their own abortion laws on the chance Roe is ever overturned. Five states currently have what are known as "trigger laws" in place. “They express a legislative intent to ban all or most abortions as soon as it’s legally

How Northeast Ohio's libraries are staying relevant

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Twenty years ago, a library card could snag you a few books and a chat with your local librarian. But now, Ohio's 251 public libraries and branch locations are embracing technology more than ever, serving as community hubs while offering new resources to residents. "Books are still a major constant," said Michelle Francis, the Ohio Library Council's director of government and legal services. "But we have libraries who are lending musical instruments now; they're doin

Nearly a third of teen girls who drop out say pregnancy played a role

Nineteen-year old Kathleen Clement looks forward to Tuesdays. That’s the day she gets to put aside parenting for a few hours with other young moms at Akron’s First Glance youth center. During this recent evening, Clement and about 15 other women in their teens and early 20s are gathered around a folding table, making card games for their kids. Clement gave birth to her daughter Helena during her senior year at Towpath Trails High School. And like many students who suddenly face having to care
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