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Teena Apeles

CHJ National Engagement Editor

Teena Apeles is the national engagement editor at the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. A native Angeleno, prior to joining the Center, she spent two decades covering art, culture, activism, history, and beyond for print and online media, including the Los Angeles Times, KCET, PBS SoCal, PBS Canvas and LAist. Apeles has authored two nonfiction books and contributed to and edited books on a wide range of topics, from public parks and urban wildlife to pop culture and social justice. In 2016, Teena founded the creative collective Narrated Objects, which produces community-generated books and interactive, intergenerational experiences to showcase the diverse voices of the region. Collaborators have included Homeboy Industries, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Mayo Clinic, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Autry Museum of the American West, Helms Bakery District, the National Wildlife Federation, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles initiative LA Original.