LISTEN: Knight Chair Penny Abernathy featured on Axios podcast

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy recently appeared on the “Axios Today” podcast — featured in a conversation about the future of local news and its vital role in democracy.

Abernathy recently published “News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?” — the fourth in a series of reports on the state of local news published since 2016. The report offers an assessment of what has been lost over the past 15 years, as well as identifies major challenges and opportunities for rebuilding local journalism in the decade ahead.

Visit to read the full report and learn more about Abernathy’s groundbreaking local news research.

Listen to the full podcast, which also features Axios’ Sara Fischer and The Oaklandside’s Tasneem Raja.