Molly Duerig joined the Spectrum News 13 team in June 2020 as a multimedia journalist covering the affordable housing crisis in Central Florida in partnership with the prestigious Report for America program.

As a reporter, Molly considers herself to be adaptable, thoughtful and industrious, but it is her passion for impactful storytelling that she hopes will make a difference in this community. With affordable housing becoming an increasingly important concern in the Central Florida area, Molly continues to cover and report the complexities of this daunting issue. Working closely with local families, city policy makers, landlords, and a variety of other community stakeholders, Molly shares their stories to help foster productive conversations that may ultimately lead to successful solutions.

Prior to joining Spectrum News 13, Molly worked as an investigative reporter at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University, collaboratively producing a long-form multimedia investigation that was published by major national outlets, including the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. While working to earn her master’s degree from ASU, Molly worked as a breaking news intern for The Arizona Republic/USA Today network and as an Investigative Reporting Fellow for Carnegie-Knight News 21. In that role, she directed a 26-minute documentary episode about flooding across the U.S., part of the award-winning documentary series “State of Emergency,” which received the annual Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism, among other honors.

As a bilingual journalist, Molly was also a reporter for the Cronkite Borderlands Initiative in South America, where she covered the impact of mass migration of Venezuelan children and families and produced a mini-documentary about efforts to help Venezuelan youth in Peru. Originally from Pennsylvania, Molly worked as the Youth Media Program Manager for the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media, teaching and developing a curriculum for media production classes, and producing promotional multimedia content for the organization.

Molly’s work has won recognition from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Editor & Publisher Magazine and the Broadcast Education Association.

When she isn’t covering her beat, you can probably find Molly playing with her amazing kittens, Apollo and Artemis. She also enjoys practicing piano, journaling, or exploring the great outdoors. 

About Report for America

Report for America’s mission is to strengthen our communities and our democracy through local journalism that is truthful, fearless, fair, and smart. RFA does so by placing talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative founded in 2018 by the nonprofit media organization The Ground Truth Project, it is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations.