Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs is a freelance reporter for The Beacon based in Kansas City.

Why COVID will be a lasting concern inside Missouri prisons

By: - May 25, 2021

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon.  More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Corrections has implemented mitigation efforts and begun administering thousands of vaccines. But people incarcerated in Missouri and advocates for incarcerated people say more can be done to ensure safety, like the enforcement of […]

After a pandemic enrollment drop, Missouri educators are trying to find ‘missing’ students

By: - February 18, 2021

When the Grandview School District announced it would start the 2020-2021 school year with only virtual classes, school officials weren’t sure how it would impact fall enrollment. But they soon found out. From October 2019 to October 2020, Grandview’s K-12 enrollment dropped by about 450 students — or 11 percent, according to data The Beacon […]