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Hacienda HealthCare in south Phoenix.

Extended interview with the mother of the woman who gave birth at Hacienda HealthCare

This story was supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's 2022 National Fellowship
Dust from sand dunes, often kicked up by off-road vehicles, at Oceano Dunes in Central California contributes to poor air qualit

Hearing the lived experiences of two women transformed my reporting on poor air quality

A reporter learns the importance of telling stories for communities rather than about them.
State hospital waitlist graph shown.

Thousands are waiting in jail for state hospital beds. Is help coming?

After years of steady waitlist growth, state data shows a glimmer of hope for an eventual turnaround.
Rent remains cripplingly high in several parts of the country.

Coronavirus Files: Congress investigates pandemic response as White House eyes end of emergency

GOP-led House takes aim at COVID origins, U.S. response. Also, public health experts see value in monitoring wastewater to detect new viral threats.
Photo by Sergey Zolkin via Unsplash

When the story gets personal: How I reported on my own culture and community

A reporter reflects on lessons from reporting on Cambodian refugees in California still grappling with the trauma of genocide.
Adriel, 3, eats some berries with the other children whom child care provider Miren Algorri, standing, serves at her home.

This San Diego child care gives kids ‘a higher chance of thriving.’ But California doesn’t pay providers enough to cover their costs

California reimburses providers based on what families can pay, rather than what it costs to provide care. To bridge the gap, providers serving the state’s neediest children must get by on low pay
Image from Detroit Free Press article

Crisis intervention training puts Muskegon educators a step ahead

Some educators in Michigan are training to avoid using restraint and seclusion in the classroom, here's how.
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Family fled Michigan schools to get help for their son. They found it in Pennsylvania.

Fed up with a Michigan school system that used seclusion on their autistic son, Bennett Solomond's parents moved the family to Pennsylvania in 2019.


The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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