Ten years ago, legions of reporters, photographers and videographers from across the country and around the world flocked to northeastern Japan to cover the aftermath of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

But it was local journalists — whose families, careers and livelihoods remain deeply rooted in the region — who were the first to arrive at the scene of the disaster and the last to leave.

While progress has been made in the years since that fateful day, the road to recovery is far from over in the eyes of those who have been there every step of the way.