AHCJ member news: Jobs, fellowships, awards and more

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.


This edition of member news includes accomplishments from AHCJ members Kay Colby, Cynthia Craft, Karl Eisenhower, Ellen Eldridge, Blake Farmer, Jondi Gumz, Christine Herman, Bonny McClain , David Oliver, Eric Rosenthal, Tamara Sellman and Meg Wingerter.

Kay Colby (@KayColbyhealth), a managing producer, health, at the nonprofit ideastream.org in Northwest Ohio led three sessions for international journalists in Mexico City, teaching workshops on behalf of the National Cancer Institute on “Cancer Research in the Media: International Workshop for Scientific Journalism.” Colby shared tips she learned while participating in the AHCJ fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in 2015. The event in November was hosted by NCI’s Center for Global Health and Office of Communications and Public Liaison in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Cancerlogia of Mexico.

Cynthia Craft (@cynthiahcraft) completed editing a book, “Meditator’s Field Guide: Reflections on 57 Insights that Slip Away” by author Doug Kraft, a longtime student of Buddhist meditation, meditation and dhamma teacher, psychotherapist, and minister emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento. Craft, a member and former fellow of AHCJ, also joined the association staff as director of engagement.

Karl Eisenhower  (@karleisenhower) is managing editor at a new project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science called SciLine, an independent service providing timely access to experts for journalists and other communicators producing print, broadcast, or digital stories about science-related issues.

Ellen Eldridge (@EllenEldridge27), a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, received an award from the Mustard Tree Foundation in Roswell, Ga., for media excellence and awareness for articles chronicling sobriety and a family’s road to recovery.

Blake Farmer (@flakebarmer) has accepted a position at Nashville Public Radio as the senior health care reporter covering the industry as well as health trends in the South.

Jondi Gumz (@jondigumz), a reporter for the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel, won a Clarion Award from Women in Communications Inc. for an article featuring Latino teens on why teen birth rates had fallen so dramatically in Watsonville, Calif. Her story about former Santa Cruz mayor Tim Fitzmaurice sharing the experience of his wife’s dementia won an award from the San Francisco Press Club.

Christine Herman (@ctherman), accepted a position as a reporter at Illinois Public Media. Previously, she worked as a producer on “The 21st,” a statewide radio news talk show.

Bonny McClain (@datamongerbonny), a health journalist and “datapreneur” at Data and Donuts, was a presenter of “A Systems Approach to Curated Data and Actionable Insights” in Orlando in January. Participants learned about data sources and tools available for informing health care.

David Oliver (@doliver8), social media associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, won a Science Journalism Student Award from the Society for Neuroscience, enabling him to cover the conference in November. Oliver is a part-time nonfiction-writing graduate student at Johns Hopkins University.

Eric Rosenthal (@etrosenthal), an independent journalist at EvocaTalk Research & Reports, has been named editor-at-large with Onco’Zine. He continues as special correspondent at MedPage Today, and contributor to The Hill.

Tamara Sellman (@sleepyheadctrl), an independent health journalist, accepted the position as the second author to revise and expand the Hypersomnia chapter in the 3rd edition of the widely used text, Fundamentals of Sleep Technology.

Meg Wingerter (@megwingerter) accepted a position as health reporter at The Oklahoman. Previously, she worked at the Kansas News Service.

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