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USC Annenberg Names 2011 Health Journalism Fellows

USC Annenberg just announced the names of its 2011 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows. Among the projects, OC freelance writer Janet Wilson will get $2,000 to write about environmental issues in Maywood. You may recall the brown tap water in that city from a few years back. You may also recall their rather unscrupulous city government.

Bernice Yeung was also awarded $5,000 to investigate health problems in California’s disparate unincorporated communities for California Watch.

Full list of grantees after the jump:

Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism Grantees

Bill Graves has worked 32 years as a daily newspaper journalist, the last 21 at The Oregonian, where he covers health and higher education. Mr. Gravies will receive a grant of $5,500 to document how Native Americans are failing to get the health care they need in Oregon and try to identify the reasons for this disparity. He will create a “virtual longhouse” on the Web where Native Americans can discuss the problem and offer solutions.

Sarah Kliff recently joined the Washington Post to write about health care policy and politics. Prior to joining the Post, she covered state implementation of the federal health reform law for Politico and also co-authored Politico Pulse, a daily health policy tip sheet. Ms. Kliff will receive $3,000 for a project that will examine the health reform law’s unprecedented investment in preventing chronic diseases.

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is the database and investigative editor at Hoy, the second largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States. Mr. Kelly Lowenstein will receive a grant of $3,000 to produce three stories about community health challenges facing predominantly Latino communities in Chicago and the Midwest.

Kate Long has been a contract writing coach and reporter for the Charleston Gazette for 26 years and an independent producer and reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting for 15 years. Ms. Long will receive a grant of $7,000 to produce a multimedia project for both the Gazette and West Virginia Public Radio that will explore West Virginia’s rising tide of chronic disease and obesity.

Janet Wilson is a freelance writer based in Orange County. She received a Dennis A. Hunt grant in 2009 to write about environmental health issues in Maywood, California. She will receive a supplemental grant of $2,000 to underwrite additional reporting on Maywood for publication by California Watch, an investigative news site.

Bernice Yeung is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, editor, and producer. Ms. Yeung will receive a grant of $5,000 to produce a multimedia project for California Watch, an investigative news site, on the health problems in California’s disadvantaged unincorporated communities. The package of stories will be offered to California news outlets in both English and Spanish.

National Health Journalism Fellows

Elizabeth Baier is a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio, where she reports on a wide range of topics, from rural and agricultural issues to education and immigration. Project: An exploration of how food issues interact with the interior lives of rural immigrants who now call the upper Midwest home.

Martha Bebinger reports on health care for WBUR in Boston. Project: How the effort to curb health care spending, especially the shift to global payments, will affect patients in Massachusetts.

Kathryn Canavan is a freelance reporter in Wilmington, Del. Project: She will show how a lethal combination of poverty and gunplay are harming family life in Wilmington’s African-American neighborhoods (to be published by, and

Betsy Cliff is a health reporter at The Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Bend, Oregon. Project: An investigation into the causes and incidence of medical errors, particularly at rural hospitals.

Sheree Crute is an award-winning writer and editor who covers a broad range of health topics and specializes in consumer and multicultural health. Project: An exploration into whether the latest potentially life-saving discoveries from the world of medical research will have any lasting impact on the nation’s health disparities (to be published in both Heart & Soul and

Philip Graitcer, D.M.D., M.P.H., has been a fulltime independent radio producer for five years, following an 18-year career at the Centers for Disease Control. Project: A three-part radio series for WABE about Grady Hospital, Atlanta’s public hospital.

Vicky Hallett edits Fit, the health and fitness section of Express, the Washington Post’s free tabloid, and also writes a bi-weekly fitness column for The Washington Post. Project: A look at how exercise deserts in certain neighborhoods keep people inactive, just as food deserts make it hard for those same people to eat a healthy diet.

Pamela K. Johnson is editorial development director at ABILITY Magazine, a bimonthly magazine that focuses on health, disability, and human potential. Project: Profiles of food activists who are planting seeds of change around the country, from the garden to the supermarket.

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil is a freelance reporter for Boston’s Bay State Banner, the largest African American-owned newspaper in New England. Project: The challenges to healthy eating for low-income African Americans in Boston.

Ryan McNeill is computer-assisted reporting editor at The Dallas Morning News. Project: Patient safety issues in hospitals.

Shannon Muchmore is the health reporter for the Tulsa World. Project: The lack of health care accessibility in Oklahoma.

Magaly Olivero has been writing about health and wellness for decades as a freelance writer, magazine editor, and newspaper reporter. Project: The underlying issues behind the teen birth rate among Latinos in Connecticut, for C-HIT, an investigative health news website, and La Voz Hispana, Connecticut’s largest Spanish-language newspaper and website.

Marga Parés Arroyo has been a reporter for El Nuevo Día, the largest circulation newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since 1994. Project: A look at how well Mi Salud, Puerto Rico’s health care program for the poor, is meeting the needs of its 1.4 million enrollees.

Travis Pillow covers state government for the Florida Independent, a nonprofit news and public affairs site. Project: A comparison of the efficiency and effectiveness of public and private hospitals.

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