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Samantha Horton

Samantha Horton

Samantha Horton is a reporting fellow with NPR Midwest Newsroom and The Missouri Independent. She most recently spent four years covering business and the economy for Indiana Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a reporter with Side Effects Public Media and WNIN. Her work has won awards, including a Regional Edward R. Murrow, and has been featured on NPR.

Chris Ackman goes through donated bread items at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa. (Samantha Horton/Midwest Newsroom)

Getting venison at the food pantry? You probably won’t be warned if it has lead fragments

By: and - June 6, 2022

HIAWATHA, Iowa — A walk-in freezer about two stories high sits in one corner of a warehouse owned by a food bank called Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Inc. Chris Ackman, the food bank’s communication manager, points to the shelving racks where any donated venison the organization receives is typically stored. Known as the Help […]

Kansas State to study cost-effective ways cities can reduce exposure to lead in soil

By: - March 10, 2022

A new study being conducted by Kansas State University researchers is looking at ways to reduce the risk of exposure to lead in soil in the hopes of finding affordable methods that could be replicated around the country. Ganga Hettiarachchi is a professor of soil and environmental chemistry and is leading the research with her […]