Laura Santhanam is a Washington D.C.-based health reporter and coordinating producer for polling for PBS NewsHour, and a 2023 Senior Fellow for the Center for Health Journalism’s National Fellowship. An award-winning journalist, she uses narrative and numbers to tell stories. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Arizona Republic and as a media analyst at Pew Research Center. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. She was a Center for Health Journalism 2022 National Fellow.