Da Yeon Eom, an intern at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, is an international scholar from South Korea. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and returned to her alma mater to gain a master’s degree in journalism as a Hefner First Amendment Fellow. Throughout her education at Illinois, Da Yeon was involved in The Daily Illini, WPGU 107.1, Illinois Public Media, and Hear My Voice. Upon graduation, she worked at FleishmanHillard as a health and wellness team intern. She is interested in writing data-driven stories related to health, technology, and agriculture.

Rural America
In North Carolina’s Tobacco Fields, Guest Workers Battle the “Green Monster”
The state’s tobacco harvest increasingly relies on guest workers, who face nicotine poisoning and what advocates say are inadequate labor protections.
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