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Advisory Board

Bob Ortega (Chair) is a senior writer for CNN Investigates, covering border and immigration issues from Phoenix. He joined CNN after a long career as an investigative journalist, most recently spending nearly six years at the Arizona Republic as a specialty writer covering the border and focusing on child welfare. He also served as managing editor for the Honolulu Civil Beat, which focuses on accountability journalism. He began his journalism career as a television reporter in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage and later moved into print journalism at the Anchorage Times. He later served as managing editor of the Homer News before moving to the Seattle Times and the Wall Street Journal, where he reported on child labor and other issues. While at the Journal, Bob wrote "In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart, the World's Largest Retailer." He served as a Knight International Press Fellow in Paraguay and has trained journalists in 17 countries on four continents over 10 years.  He has received the Hillman Prize for social justice reporting and the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. In 2013, he also received the Sidney Award for reporting on a deeply flawed and widely used screening test for cervical cancer. He has also been a professor of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. Ortega grew up in Mexico City. He has a degree in history from Princeton University and graduate degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He was a 2014 Center for Health Journalism National Fellow.

Tracie Potts (Vice Chair) joined the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College as executive director in October 2021. Previously, she was the Washington correspondent for NBC News Channel, where she reported on the federal government, the administration, Congress and important consumer and health topics. Her live and taped updates were seen daily on “Early Today,” MSNBC, CNBC London/Asia, national Canadian networks and more than 150 local NBC affiliates around the United States. She reported for NBC for more than 20 years.  Before specializing in political news, she previously focused on medical research and federal health policy. She began her career as a local health reporter at WAFF 48 News in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to joining NBC, she was an anchor and reporter at local NBC and ABC stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Tracie was a 2017 National Fellow with the Center for Health Journalism and for her Fellowship project produced “Forgotten Voices,” a series of more than a dozen pieces about how a rollback of the ACA and the Medicaid expansion could limit health care access around the country. She has been a fellow of the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute and the Journalism Center on Children and Families. She won the Michelle Clark Fellowship from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation and has twice received NBC’s “Ovation” Award for outstanding employee contributions. She has taught journalism at Knoxville College and Biola University and edited the debut issue of “Influence” magazine. She volunteers with The News Literacy Project, sharing her journalism experiences with middle and high school students. She earned bachelor and master of science degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Bill Allman is chief digital officer of DIA (formerly the Drug Information Association), charged with identifying, developing and implementing DIA’s digital strategy to create digital products and services that enhance DIA’s relevance and global impact. Prior to joining DIA in Spring 2019, he served for eight years as the chief digital officer for the Smithsonian Enterprises, where he was cited as one of the "100 most innovative CDOs globally.” Previously, he was vice president of digital media for Bonnier Corp, chief content/creative officer for, senior vice president and general manager of interactive media for and founding general manager for US News & World Report. He began his career as a journalist, helping create an award-winning consumer publication for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and writing several books on neuroscience and evolution. He has a BA in English and a BS in Biology from Brown University.

Samuel Belilty is vice president of news for Univision WLTV 23 Miami. He previously served as news director at KUVN, Univision Dallas, the highest rated newscast in the Dallas area, from January 2014 to October 2017. He has more than 25 years of experience in broadcast television, both in front of and behind the camera. He previously worked as news director at KWEX, Univision San Antonio; creative services director, executive producer and news director at KFTV, Univision Fresno; and network news production manager and manager of a special reports unit at RCTV (Caracas, Venezuela). He has received EMMY, Edward R. Murrow, Gabriel, Telly and ADDY Awards, in addition to several national awards in Venezuela. He has a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Universidad Central de Venezuela and has done postgraduate studies in organizational development and bilingual/bicultural studies.

Otis W. Brawley, MD, F.A.C.P., was chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president for the American Cancer Society from 2007 to 20018 and a key leader in the Society’s work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care. Dr. Brawley also serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. From April of 2001 to November of 2007, he was medical director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and deputy director for cancer control at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. He filled a variety of capacities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including assistant director. Dr. Brawley is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and of the American College of Epidemiology and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is a graduate of University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case-Western Reserve University; his residency at University Hospital of Cleveland; and his fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Daniel Chang is a health reporter for The Miami Herald and was a 2014 National Health Journalism Fellow at the Center for Health Journalism. He grew up in South Florida reading The Herald. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Florida International University, where he volunteered on the student newspaper. After graduation, he began his journalism career in 1995 at the Orange County Register. In 2000, he joined The Herald, initially covering arts news and Spanish-language TV. He began covering healthcare in 2013. His Fellowship project, which was supported by Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, focused on the uninsured population in Miami-Dade County, which has a highly competitive and disjointed safety net system.

Robert J. Davis, PhD, MPH, has more than 20 years' experience as a health and medical journalist. He is president and editor-in-chief of Everwell, a company that creates and distributes consumer health video content. Previously, he was executive producer of the award-winning PBS series "HealthWeek," a producer for CNN medical news, and a columnist for WebMD and The Wall Street Journal. Davis has served as an adjunct professor at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and the author of three books,  "Fitter Faster" (HarperCollins, 2017); "The Healthy Skeptic" (University of California Press, 2008) and "Coffee Is Good for You" (Penguin/Perigee, 2012). A graduate of Princeton University, he holds a master's degree in public health from Emory and a doctorate in health policy from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Foundation Fellow.

Anh Do covers Asian American issues and general assignments at the Los Angeles Times. A second-generation journalist, she has worked at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the United States. Born in Saigon, she is a graduate of USC, where she majored in journalism and English literature. Her writing on race and culture has won awards from Columbia University, the Asian American Journalists Association and Freedom Newspapers Sweepstakes Award. She is a recipient of Yale's Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. Apart from words, she's passionate about all things canine, spending 25 years in dog rescue around the globe. 

Jan Gurley, MD, has held several clinical and administrative posts for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and currently is director of public health emergency preparedness and response. She previously served asa practicing board-certified internist and writer. Her health-related work experience includes basic science research in Jerome Groopman's HIV lab, health services research, public policy and administration and the joys and complexity of seeing patients one-on-one. After medical school at Harvard and residency training at the University of California at San Francisco, she received a Robert Wood Johnson joint UCSF/Stanford fellowship in epidemiology, public policy and ethics. She was a Center for Health Journalism California Fellow in 2010. For her Fellowship project, she produced a series of multimedia articles about the health impacts of homelessness, for which she was awarded the Saffron Foundation's Media Award. She is a frequent and popular speaker on topics ranging from "Making Meaningful Use Meaningful" for the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine to "Personalized Medicine" for Triple Ring Technologies, a biotech incubator. Her writing has also appeared in such diverse outlets as BlogHer, The New England Journal of Medicine, KevinMD, SFGate and Salon. 

Richard Joseph Jackson, MD, MPH, is a professor emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including the highest as the state health officer. For nine years, he was idrector of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Professor Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to health and the built environment, and has co-authored the books" Urban Sprawl and Public Health," "Making Healthy Places" and "Designing Healthy Communities," for which he hosted a four-hour PBS series. He received the John Heinz Award for leadership on the environment; the Sedgwick Medal, the highest award of the American Public Health Association; and the 2015 Henry Hope Reed Award for his contributions to architecture. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Hugo Morales, JD, is the founder (1976) and executive director of Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino public radio network. Headquartered in Fresno and Oakland, the network provides a national satellite service in English, Spanish, Mixteco, Triqui and Hmong.  It serves more than half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish-language national talk show, Linea Abierta; its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino; and its offerings of Latino traditional folk music.  Radio Bilingüe has a dozen full-power FM radio stations in Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and California and more than 100 radio station affiliates in NorthAmerica.  Mr. Morales’ awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1994 and  an Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the broadcast industry's highest honors, in 1999.  In 2006, he received the Cultural Freedom Prize from the Lannan Foundation, established “to recognize people whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry, and expression.”   He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law and received honorary doctorates from California State University, Fresno and California State University, Sacramento.  He serves or has served on the boards of The California Endowment, The National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, The Rosenberg Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and The Fresno County First Five Commission and is currently a trustee of the California State University system.

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH, is vice president for external relations and preventive medicine advisor at the Oakland-based Public Health Institute (PHI). She is director and the creator of, which partners with local, national and global organizations to host web forums and share critical resources. She directs the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, building collaborative leadership capacity in local communities through the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, and the California Opioid Safety Network, strengthening opioid safety coalitions across California. She served as president of the American Public Health Association in 2010. Her areas of expertise include teen pregnancy prevention, health disparities, Latino health, obesity, chronic disease prevention and health reform. Before joining PHI, she served as the director of Berkeley's Health and Human Services Department and as a special assistant to the dean at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.  A gynecologist and preventive medicine specialist, she maintained a part-time clinical practice for 40 years.

Ex officio

Willow Bay is dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a professor of professional practice. She is also a special correspondent for Bloomberg Television and a senior editor at the Huffington Post. She was formerly an anchor for CNN Moneyline, CNN & Entertainment Weekly and CNN & Fortune; executive producer and host of Lifetime Television's "Spotlight 25;" anchor and freelance reporter for NBC News and MSNBC; co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" Sunday edition; a correspondent for ABC's "World News Saturday" and "World News Sunday; co-host of "NBA Inside Stuff;" and a correspondent for NBC's "Today Show.”

Center Director

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) and a Spanish language Emmy for Health/Science/Environment (2019/2020). 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.



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