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Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros

Matt Vasilogambros covers voting rights, gun laws and Western climate policy for Stateline. He lives in San Diego, California.

Many kids are not equipped to deal with misinformation on social media.

Kids are flooded with social media and news. Some states want to help them question it

By: - January 27, 2024

Young people may be digital natives, but many of them aren’t equipped to deal with the increasing onslaught of disinformation and deepfakes appearing in their social media feeds. A growing number of states think they have an antidote: media literacy education. The goal of media literacy, sometimes called digital citizenship or information literacy, is to […]

Wastewater is forced through microscopic holes in tightly wrapped membranes wound in these fiberglass vessels during the reverse osmosis stage of purification at Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System.

From flush to faucet: More places look to turn sewage into tap water

By: and - December 16, 2023

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — After an Orange County resident flushes her toilet, the water flows through the Southern California community’s sewer system, meanders its way to the sanitation plant, has its solids removed, is piped to a wastewater recycling facility next door and undergoes three different purification processes until it is clean enough to drink. […]

Along a highway just south of Fox, Oregon, ranch owners post their support for the movement to join Idaho.

An Eastern Oregon effort to join Idaho reflects the growing American divide

By: - September 6, 2023

ENTERPRISE — This small ranching town, surrounded by towering tree-topped mountains and a valley of rolling grass fields, sits tucked into the northeast corner of the state — both out of the way and right in the middle of a contentious debate. At a meeting late last month, 25 people packed into a stuffy conference […]

As ranked choice voting gains momentum, parties in power push back

By: - August 23, 2023

Over the past decade, ranked choice voting has become increasingly popular. From conservative Utah to liberal New York City, 13 million American voters in 51 jurisdictions — including all of Alaska and Maine — now use the system, under which voters rank candidates based on preference, leading to an instant runoff in a crowded race. […]

In Utah, Lake Powell reaches historically low levels in June 2021.

Western states agree to Colorado River water-sharing agreement

By: - May 22, 2023

The governors of Arizona, California and Nevada have announced a historic water-sharing agreement for the Colorado River in an attempt to salvage one of the West’s major sources of drinking water that has dwindled in severe drought. The agreement this week marks the culmination of months of tumultuous negotiations among seven Western states, whose 40 […]