Sammy Caiola is the first-ever gun violence prevention reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia. She is committed to doing trauma-informed journalism driven by the communities she covers. She has been a health reporter for the last eight years, first at The Sacramento Bee and then at Capital Public Radio. Her podcast, “After the Assault,” which was produced with the support of the Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 and 2020 California Impact Funds, explored the journey to justice and healing for survivors of sexual violence. As a 2018 California Fellowvand community engagement grantee, she reported a series on suicide in Amador County, and as a 2015 Data Fellow, she reported a three-part series on black child death in Sacramento County.  She has degrees in journalism and gender studies from Northwestern University. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and playing with her Labrador, Pepper.





This introduction piece is part of a larger project, After The Assault, which aims to change the conversation around sexual violence to better support survivors seeking healing and justice. USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s Impact Fellow, Sammy Caiola, helps us understand survivor experie