Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

About Andrew Smiley

Andrew Smiley is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, and an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Smiley comes to AHCJ from a sports broadcasting background, including nearly a decade at the Golf Channel/NBC Sports and a decade at ESPN, where he won an Emmy.

Welcome new membersPlease welcome our newest members of AHCJ.

All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.

  • Jaleesa Baulkman, editor, Medscape, Bronx, New York
  • Matt Blois, journalist, FreightWaves, Nashville, Tenn., @matt_blois
  • Kalonda Bradshaw, M.D., Private Practice, Houston, Texas
  • Dana Branham, health reporter, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla., @danabranham
  • Autumn Cammarata, independent journalist, Wildwood, Mo.
  • Kelly Close, editor, Close Concerns, San Francsico, Calif.
  • Petrina Craine, professor, Columbia University, Brooklyn, New York
  • Elizabeth Damstrom, assistant clinical professor, Idaho State University, Blackfoot, Idaho
  • Jesenia De Moya Correa, communities reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Penn., @jeseniademoyac
  • Erin Douglas, environment reporter, The Texas Tribune, Houston, Texas, @erinmdouglas23
  • Nora Eckert, investigative reporter, The Post Bulletin, Rochester, Minn., @noraeckert
  • Marisa Fernandez, health care reporter, Axios, Washington, D.C.
  • Leif Greiss, health reporter, The Morning Call, Allentown, Penn.
  • Zahida Hafeez, Ph.D. student, University of Illinois at Chicago, Brookfield, Wisc.
  • Nada Hassanein, environmental and health inequities reporter, USA TODAY, Tallahassee, Fla., @nhassanein_
  • Chimere Holmes, licensed psychotherapist, Be Ye Renewed Counseling, West Chester, Penn., @Rev_Holmes
  • Deborah Kaplan, independent journalist, Westfield, N.J., @kaplanink
  • Sandra Kern, stakeholder communications team lead, Penn State Health, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
  • Greg Kim, reporter, KYUK, Bethel, Alaska
  • Betsy Ladyzhets, science writer/data journalist, independent journalist, Brooklyn, New York, @betsyladyzhets
  • Jason Laughlin, reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Olivia Lee, psychiatric nurse practitioner, Eating Recovery Center, Chicago, Ill.
  • Nora Macaluso, independent journalist, Philadelphia, Penn., @noramacaluso
  • Simran Malhotra, health reporter, The Red & Black, Suwanee, Ga., @_simrankm
  • Rosalba Mancuso, independent journalist, Grammichele, Sicily
  • Pam McAllister Johnson, retired, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Amy Mercer, communications, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
  • Jessica Meszaros, sustainability reporter / morning edition host, WUSF Public Media, Tampa, Fla., @jmmeszaros
  • ChrisAnna Mink, health reporter, The Modesto Bee, Torrance, Calif., @CMMink
  • Shaena Montanari, investigative reporter, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Trisha Myers, nurse practitioner, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, McCormick, S.C.
  • Andrew Nelson, digital storyteller, Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Halle Parker, environment reporter, Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, New Orleans, La., @_thehalparker
  • Diana Ribeiro, independent journalist, S. Domingos de Rana, Cascais, @Diana_S_Ribeiro
  • Nicolas Rivero, reporter, Quartz, Brooklyn, New York, @NicolasFuRivero
  • Tracie Russell, independent journalist, Andover, Mass.
  • Monica Samayoa, environment reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, Ore., @m0nica10
  • April Simpson, senior reporter, Center for Public Integrity, Dallas, Texas, @aprilleticia
  • Rachel Somerstein, associate professor, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, New York, @rachesomerstein
  • Amiah Taylor, student, Johns Hopkins University, Newark, Del.
  • Carol Thompson, reporter, Lansing State Journal, Lansing, Mich., @thompsoncarolk
  • Elizabeth Thompson, independent journalist, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Deborah Ungerleider, md, Freelancer for Nascent Medical, Franklin Lakes, N.J.
  • Eldon Wegner, professsor emeritus of sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Naomi Weinshenker, psychiatrist, self-employed psychiatrist/Psychology Today blogger, Montclair, N.J.
  • Hilary Weissman, health writer, HealthiNation for GoodRx, Brooklyn, New York
  • Kate Wells, reporter, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Carah Wertheimer, associate editor, MedTruth, Boulder, Colo.
  • Brandon Wheeldon, convergent journalism student, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Littleton, Colo.
  • Sharon Worcester, reporter, Mdedge/Medscape, Birmingham, Ala., @SW_MedReporter
  • Brandon Yadegari Moreno, independent journalist, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Nick Zagorsky, senior staff writer, Psychiatric News, Washington, D.C.
  • Bill Zimmerman, specialty editor for health & medical projects, The Villages Daily Sun newspaper, The Villages, Fla.

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3 thoughts on “Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

  1. Rosalba Mancuso

    Thank you so much for your welcome.
    I am Rosalba Mancuso, an independent journalist who started her writing career in 1994, in Italy, covering Health, Science and Nutrition for printed publications and online magazines, such as life science magazine Vita, Affari Italiani, Giornale di Sicilia and Quotidiano di Sicilia. My detailed health news allowed me to work as a PR assistant at Biomedical, clinical analysis laboratory in Sicily and as a freelance medical writer for companies all over the world, such as Pharmamedic World Ltd, London, and Cardiophoenix, Toronto, Canada. My international background is certified at the University of Washington and showed on my health magazine Modernhealthinfo.com.

  2. Halle Parker

    Thank you for the welcome! I look forward to learning from you all and taking advantage of the incredible resources available through the organization. I’m an environment reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, and I’m always interested in connecting with other journalists!

  3. Bill Zimmerman

    Thanks for the welcome post! I’m relatively new to health journalism, with some limited experience editing healthcare writers at some of Florida’s largest newspapers. The health-care industry is growing in The Villages and as I get more comfortable on the beat, I also continue to realize my own need for continued growth. I’m already enjoying AHCJ membership and looking forward to the resources it can provide (and finding some ways I can contribute as well). I began my first journalism internship 30 years ago and have been fortunate to work with a lot of great people there and in every newsroom since. A lot of my experience before coming to The Villages was on nightside copy desks. Now I’m thrilled not only to be in a growing newsroom, but to be out in the community talking to people again — patients, caregivers, support group facilitators, researchers and (of course) physicians.

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