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2019 National Fellows

Grantees of the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being

Lynn Bonner, a reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, will produce a three-part series exploring the persistence of racial disparities when it comes to North Carolina's infant mortality rate and how stress, racism, food insecurity, along with access to healthcare services, contribute.

Larrison Campbell, a reporter for Mississippi Today, will report on how unaddressed childhood trauma from Hurricane Katrina has shaped a generation of young parents and contributed to high rates of substance abuse and child abuse and neglect in the largely rural parts of Mississippi that were hardest hit.

Kavitha Cordoza, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance reporter, will explore the unprecedented challenges education professionals must address when they manage programs and services to support undocumented migrant children.

Briana Ehley, a reporter for POLITICO, will report on the impact of fetal alcohol syndrome and why the issue gets little attention from policy makers.

Sarah Gantz, health reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, will report on the intersection of childhood diabetes and the social determinants of health.

Allison Graham, a reporter for the Roanoke Times, will look into whether the structure of Virginia's child protection system is a cause of the system’s widespread problems.

Jacqueline Howard, a health reporter for CNN, will report on what California can teach the rest of the nation when it comes to reducing maternal mortality, as well as where more progress can be made.

Sarah Hughes, a reporter for Pennsylvania Capital-Star, an investigative online news outlet, will look into what has happened to the more than 100,000 families in Pennsylvania who lost their TANF benefits because the parent couldn't comply with work requirements.

Jessica Seaman, health reporter for the Denver Post, will investigate the reasons behind the increase in Colorado's youth suicide rate and the possible connection to decreased appropriations for mental health services.

Grantees of the Dennis Hunt Fund for Health Journalism

Issac Bailey, freelancing for the Myrtle Beach Herald, will report on the mental health effects of undiagnosed trauma in youth, with a focus on youth attending an alternative school in Myrtle Beach, SC. He’ll delve into the story of a former student, Jerome Jenkins, who was later charged with the murder of a convenience store clerk.

Cassie Chew, freelancing for the Chicago Reporter, will produce a data-driven multimedia project that explores how well-prepared Chicago's disadvantaged neighborhoods are for the influx of 50+-year-old former inmates who are expected to be released within the next few years as a result of the 2018 First Step Act.

Teresa Cotsirilos, a reporter for KALW public radio in Oakland, will report on the risks that climate change-related wildfires post to many immigrant laborers.

Nada Hassanein, a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, will report on how growing up in the extreme poverty of Florida’s poorest ZIP Code, 32304, in the shadow of the state’s Capitol building, affects children’s mental and physical health.

Will James, a reporter for KNKX, the NPR affiliate in Seattle, will produce a six or seven-part documentary podcast, in partnership with the Seattle Times, about homelessness on the West Coast, with a focus on Olympia, WA, the state’s capital.

Elizabeth Koh, state government reporter for the Miami Herald, will investigate how the inadequate environmental surveillance done by the state of Florida is jeopardizing the health of Floridians.

Eilis O’Neill, freelancing for The Nation and possibly NPR, will report on innovative attempts to prevent and treat asthma in Native Americans, who suffer from it at twice the rate of other Americans. New research links asthma to trauma as well as environmental hazards.

Christopher Walljasper, a reporter for the Illinois-based Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, will report on the lasting impacts on Mount Pleasant, Iowa, of an ICE raid a year ago that deprived many families of their breadwinner and caused stress and other health problems for their spouses and children.

Center for Health Journalism Grantees

Sara Israelsen-Hartley, a reporter for the Deseret News, will report on the health threat to children and families of Utah from unsafe levels of natural radon, which puts them at higher risk of lung cancer, and the state’s failure to require radon testing or remediation in homes or schools, as other states have.

Fatima Navarrete, a reporter for Univision in Fresno, will report on marijuana usage among pregnant Latinas and the risks for children.

Sally Ryan,  freelancing for the New York Times, will produce a documentary photography project on barriers to health care faced by undocumented immigrants in San Bernardino County.




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