Samantha Horton is the health reporter for the Kansas News Service. She previously was a reporting fellow with the NPR Midwest Newsroom and the Missouri Independent. She also has covered business and economy in Indiana with Indiana Public Broadcasting for four years, and 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.
Kids in the Midwest will get more blood screenings under EPA plan to deal with lead threat
By: Samantha Horton - October 28, 2022
A study shows about half of children in the United States have detectable levels of lead in their blood, despite federal regulations that ban or restrict its use. The Environmental Protection Agency adopted a new strategy to reduce exposure, particularly in low-income and communities of color that are disproportionately affected. On Thursday, the EPA released […]
Items with lead are easy to find at antique shops, discount stores. They’re also toxic.
By: Niara Savage and Samantha Horton - July 25, 2022
A vintage military-style trunk she bought at an eastern Michigan flea market when she was a teenager became a staple of Jennifer Poupard’s life. Poupard, now 37, originally bought it to store her CDs. Over the years the trunk — styled with leather handles and metal buckles — served as a container for shoes, a […]
Getting venison at the food pantry? You probably won’t be warned if it has lead fragments
By: Samantha Horton and Jared Strong - 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: Samantha Horton - 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 […]