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Long Rife With Setbacks, San Bernardino Is Not Without Faith


The massacre in San Bernardino earlier this month was a blow to a place that has had its share of adversity. The city has been battered by economic calamity, wildfires, high crime and bankruptcy.  NPR's John Burnett prepared this profile of how San Bernardino is coping with its latest crisis: the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in the U.S. in recent years, and how to use the city’s response to try to move an already hard-luck city forward to better days.

As NPR's Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and other national assignments. In 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, he won national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the immigration beat. In 2020, Burnett along with other NPR journalists, were finalists for a duPont-Columbia Award for their coverage of the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico program. In December 2018, Burnett was invited to participate in a workshop on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in Western Europe, sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.
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