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2015 California Data Fellowship

Click on each Fellow's name to read blog posts about their Fellowship projects and find links to their published or broadcast projects.

Jacob Anderson-Minshalla contributing editor at Plus magazine, a publication for people living with HIV, reported for Plus and New America Media on the success of efforts to prevent and treat HIV in different population groups around the state.

Stephanie Baera general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles News Group, investigated the prevalence of dangerous cyanobacteria toxins in California lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

Pauline Bartolone, a reporter for CALmatters, a new nonprofit, nonpartisan media outlet, examined the impact of increasing prescription drug prices on California’s budget.

Sammy Caiola, a public health reporter for The Sacramento Bee, explored the disproportionately high rate of death among African American youth in Sacramento County. 

Liza Grossa freelance writer, investigated the failure of our mental health system to help those with severe mental illness.

Nick Miller, co-editor of the Sacramento News & Review, investigated police encounters with mentally ill persons in five counties.

Lisa Pickoff-White, KQED's senior news interactive producer, reported jointly with Julie Small on inadequacies in the treatment of mentally ill suspects and offenders in California’s jails.

Rebecca Plevin, a health reporter for KPCC public radio in Los Angeles, reported on how the high cost of hepatitis C drugs is impeding Californians’ access to them.

Tena Rubio, a Los Angeles-based producer and reporter for KQED Public Radio, will investigate the health effects of agriculture on surrounding low-income communities of color for NPR’s Latino USA.

Paul Sissonhealth care reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, examined the effectiveness of the state’s administrative penalty program for hospitals.

Julie Smalla reporter for KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, reported jointly with Lisa Pickoff-White on inadequacies in the treatment of mentally ill suspects and offenders in California’s jails.


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