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 DelawareFirst.org, and DelawareBlack.com.)

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 TheRoot.com.)