Rebecca Lindstrom is the chief investigative reporter for 11Alive, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, and a 2023 Senior Fellow for the Center for Health Journalism’s National Fellowship. For nearly three decades, she has told stories focused on social inequality and child and animal welfare, and has worked to expose corruption within our government and business communities. In 2020, Lindstorm participated in the Center for Health Journalism’s Data Fellowship. She won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, broadcast journalism's highest honor, for her Fellowship project, the series #Keeping, focused on the gaps in Georgia’s mental and behavioral healthcare system that too often lead parents to abandon their children. In 2016, Georgia Associated Press Media Editors named her Best Reporter, and in 2018, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters bestowed the same honor. She has won national and regional Edward R. Murrow awards and 11 regional Emmys. Learn more about the story behind her Data Fellowship project here.
With the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act, insurers are required to provide equal coverage for behavioral health care.
A mom reaches out to thank lawmakers for their support of mental health reform, as her daughter sits in a crisis stabilization unit for the 17th time.
The #Keeping series shows how the challenges of raising children with severe emotional and developmental disabilities can lead to abandonment.
A teenage boy left at a hospital in December 2019 triggered 11Alive’s investigation into child abandonment. His mom says there’s a lot we don’t know about that day.
It took a seven-year fight to get Ava’s Law, which mandates insurance coverage for children with autism. Now Ava hopes her story can inspire a new battle.
At the root of child abandonment is a lack of services. It's not that they don't exist, it's that parents are often denied access to care for their child's needs.
Kayleigh is an example of what can happen if we don’t find better ways to meet the needs of teenagers with developmental and mental health disabilities.
How police officers handle an escalating situation caused by a mental health crisis can make a big difference in the outcome. Kayleigh's story may explain why.
An investigative series exposes the gaps in Georgia's mental health care system that cause thousands of children to be surrendered to state custody.
Trey bounced around from family to foster care and even a group home. Now, one program has turned his life around. Here's why it's not widely available.