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Makaelah Walters

Julian Bond Fellow

Makaelah is the 2022 Julian Bond Fellow. She previously worked as a reporter for the Watauga Democrat and interned as an editorial assistant for the nonprofit advocacy group Appalachian Voices.

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Articles by Makaelah

INSTITUTE INDEX: Millions of dollars wasted on election denial

December 1, 2022 - Mega-donors have spent millions of dollars supporting election deniers for federal and state offices in the South, while Republican-controlled states have launched law enforcement units aimed at fueling the deniers’ narrative. But all that spending so far hasn’t translated into big wins for deniers in key positions.  

NC hog farm buyout failure leaves vulnerable communities at risk

July 21, 2022 - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) pushed for the new state budget to allocate millions of dollars to close hog farms, which are concentrated in environmental justice communities in the state's increasingly flood-prone east. But the Republican-controlled state legislature, where the industry is a powerful force, passed a budget without the funds — and Cooper signed it.