The Beacon is building a regional nonprofit news network dedicated to public service journalism for Kansas and Missouri.

The Beacon launched in Kansas City in 2020, covering the city with stories that were revelatory, contextual, data-driven and solutions-driven. Beacon reporters cover issues of health care, education, economics, environment and civic engagement to inform and engage local readers. The Beacon was named Emerging Publisher in 2020 by Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and received the Community Champion Award from the Institute for Nonprofit News in 2021.

With support from the American Journalism Project and the Wichita Community Foundation, The Beacon established itself as a nonprofit network and launched its second newsroom in Wichita, Kansas, in July 2021.

Eventually, The Beacon aims to operate newsrooms across Kansas and Missouri serving the two states’ 9 million residents.