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Chinyere Amobi

Chinyere Amobi is the community editor for the Center for Health Journalism Digital, coordinating the Center’s social media accounts, developing the weekly newsletter, and assisting with contributor content and community engagement. Prior to joining the Center for Health Journalism team, Chinyere served as a media professional at the Institute for Public Strategies, the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Chinyere’s freelance work has appeared in publications such as the OC Weekly, Radiant Health Magazine, Student Health 101, Patch.com, and Wickedlocal.com, covering topics such as minority and mental health, and social justice issues.

   

Danielle Fox
Danielle Fox is the engagement editor for the Center for Health Journalism. She collaborates with California journalists affiliated witht he Center and their newsrooms to grow reciprocal relationships with their communities. Previously, Danielle was a producer/reporter at KVCR News, the Inland Empire’s NPR station. She helped launch a community reporting project called The Inland, powered by Hearken. Before that, Danielle worked as a Morning Edition producer for WHYY News in Philadelphia and volunteered with WHYY’s Public Media Commons to teach high schoolers how to make documentary films.

 


Michelle Levander

Michelle Levander is the founding director of the Center for Health Journalism and editor-in-chief of its online community. She also co-teaches a graduate course in health journalism at the Annenberg School. Since she launched the Center in 2004, its journalism fellows have published more than 1,800 articles. Fellows’ stories have won distinction and changed laws, reinvigorated policy discussions and provoked new community discussions across the country. Under her leadership, the Center has launched initiatives that nurture collaborative reporting projects and community engagement, building an interdisciplinary online community of practice. Michelle launched the Center after more than 15 years as a staff reporter and editor in New York, California, Hong Kong and Mexico, working for Time Magazine Asia, the Asian Wall Street Journal and the San Jose Mercury News. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists L.A. (Distinguished Work in New Media 2015). As a former Inter American Press Association fellow, she spent a year in Mexico, studying at Mexico City's El Colegio de Mexico and researching and writing about migrant culture from rural Mexico. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. 

Andrew Gabriel Perez joined the Center for Health Journalism team in January 2020 as the administrative budget assistant. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Southern California after transferring from El Camino College in Torrance, California. He has a background in theater costuming and fashion and was involved in LGBTQ+ student leadership during his time at USC.

 

  

Shelly Wang

Shelly Wang, manager of operations, joined CHJ in 2015 after seven years in accounting and financial analytics in several industries. She received a bachelor’s degree in applied math and a bachelor of science degree in management science, with a minor in Chinese study, from UC San Diego.

 

 

 

  

Ryan White

Ryan White is content editor of Center for Health Journalism Digital and helps plan our Health Matters webinars. Ryan has a decade of reporting, writing and editing experience for newspapers in California and national magazines.  Since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2003, Ryan has reported widely on the environment, local politics, urban planning, affordable housing and public health issues throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles. In the past, he’s worked on KQED’s public television program “This Week in Northern California,” served as the editor of the Alameda Sun, worked as a reporter and editor for Marinscope Community Newspapers and freelanced for a long list of outlets. He is a former Center for Health Journalism Fellow and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

 

 

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The wave of attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has been emotionally gutting for these communities. In our next webinar, we’ll examine the impact of the crisis on the mental health of Asian Americans, especially the women who are often targeted. Join us for a deep discussion to inform your coverage of the crisis and broader reporting on AAPI communities. Sign-up here!

As public health officials like to say, "COVID-19 isn't done with us." And journalists know that we're not done with COVID-19. Apply now for five days of stimulating discussions on the pandemic's disproportionate impact on people of color -- plus reporting and engagement grants of $2k-$10k and five months of mentoring while you work on an ambitious project.

Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States? The USC Center for Health Journalism seeks an enterprising and experienced journalism leader for our new position of “Manager of Projects.” 

 

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