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2017 California Data Fellows

Here are the 2017 California Data Fellows and summaries of their proposed projects:

  • Susan Abram, a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News, will analyze data to compare the number of emergency room visits and admissions to California hospitals following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  
  • Claudia Boyd-Barrett of the California Health Report will report on children’s access to mental health care in California. 
  • Jerome Campbell, a reporter for the Homicide Report at the Los Angeles Times, will explore how the perceived danger of violence around schools disrupts students’ understanding of their surroundings, causing mental and developmental issues.  
  • Angela Hart, a political reporter for The Sacramento Bee, will investigate California's efforts to create a single-payer health care system. 
  • Sandy Mazza of the Daily Breeze will collect data from personal air-quality monitors in communities around the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which residents call "cancer alley" because the area is the single largest fixed source of air pollution in Southern California.
  • Chris McGuinness of the New Times, a weekly newspaper serving San Luis Obispo County, will focus on medical care for inmates in California’s state prisons and county jails. 
  • Mark Noack of the Mountain View Voice will examine youth homelessness in the Bay Area, as well as the health consequences of rising numbers of young people lack stable housing.
  • Jill Replogle of Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), will focus on opioid use among the elderly in Orange County and socioeconomic disparities in treatment. 
  • Joe Rubin, a freelance reporter for Capital & Main, an online outlet, and KCRW-TV in Sacramento will look at lead poisoning cases among workers across California and the response by public health officials. 
  • Jocelyn Wiener, an Oakland-based freelance writer, will investigate screenings and services for children with developmental delays.


The USC Center for Health Journalism's Impact Funds provide reporting support — funding and mentoring — to journalists who think big and want to make a difference. 

Apply today for our National Impact Fund for reporting on health equity and health systems across the country. 

Apply today for our California Impact Fund for reporting that brings untold stories to light in the Golden State. 


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