Kerry Klein is a health reporter for Valley Public Radio, covering air quality, drinking water, public health and other topics in California’s San Joaquin Valley. She studied science communication at UC Santa Cruz following an undergraduate degree in geology from McGill University. In addition to her work for KVPR, she’s written print and radio pieces for KQED, NPR, the San Jose Mercury News, and The Atlantic. Her radio work has earned her a 2017 first-place health policy award from the Association of Health Care Journalists, and four “Golden Mike” awards from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. She was a California Fellow with the Center for Health Journalism in 2016.

For her 2018 Data Journalism Fellowship project, Kerry plans to explore trends in opioid use and access to treatment within the San Joaquin Valley, from some of the smallest communities to the biggest industries in the region.