Becca Schimmel

Multimedia Journalist (for Ohio Valley ReSource, WKU)

Becca Schimmel is a Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.

Previously, she was a reporter for WKMS News.

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Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Coal country is waiting to see if President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental regulations will boost the mining business. But some bipartisan proposals before Congress offer different ways to help. Ohio Valley ReSource reporters offer some analysis of three ideas that could help to mend mining country.

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A new study shows eight counties in Kentucky have seen the largest decline of life expectancy in the nation over a 34-year time period. Those eight counties are concentrated in southeastern Kentucky.

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

Retired miners will not lose their health benefits, as had been feared, thanks to last-minute action from Congress. However, Congress did not act on the miners’ faltering pension benefits fund, which supports some 43,000 retired miners in the Ohio Valley region.

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

United Mine Workers retirees are celebrating a permanent fix for health benefits secured in the federal spending agreement Congress reached over the weekend. However, the deal left them with more work ahead to shore up faltering pension funds.

From video courtesy Sen. Joe Manchin

Congressional leaders are cautiously optimistic that a budget deal could protect health benefits for retired miners.

Illustration by Alexandra Kanik

Women and people of color in the workforce earn less, on average, than do white, male workers. This ‘wage gap’ in the Ohio Valley region hovers around 20 percent. Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource explores why the gap persists and how it affects workers in an economy shifting toward more service sector jobs. 

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A bipartisan group of legislators sent a letter to President Trump this week asking for more money for  black lung health clinics.

Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Louisville got the attention of some retired coal miners in the region. They’re particularly worried about being able to afford health insurance on a new plan.

Rob Canning / WKMS

  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has plans in place to fix some of the problems with the state’s roads and bridges. The American Society of Civil Engineers issued a new infrastructure report card last week showing that the state has more than one thousand structurally deficient bridges.

Ryland Barton

Attorney General Andy Beshear is speaking out against Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.

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