Rose Hoban (Founder, Editor, Reporter) spent more than six years as the health reporter for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, where she covered health care, state health policy, science and research with a focus on public health issues. She left to start North Carolina Health News after watching many of her professional peers leave or be laid off of their jobs, leaving NC with few people to cover this complicated and important topic.
Hoban took a circuitous route into journalism—after a decade of practicing nursing, she enrolled at UC Berkeley’s journalism school. While at Berkeley, she also earned a master’s in public health policy.
Hoban’s work has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous awards, including broadcast journalism’s highest award—the Columbia-DuPont, a Gracie Award, an Edward R. Morrow award, and a Society for Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship by the Association of Health Care Journalists to do in-depth reporting on North Carolina’s mental health system. She has also been a Knight Digital Media Fellow.
Catherine Clabby (Sr. Environmental Reporter) is a science journalist and editor who has worked in newspaper, magazine, and digital book publishing. She is editor and co-author of An Evolutionary War: Humanity Versus Malaria, a digital, multimedia book under development. Catherine was senior editor of EO Wilson’s Life on Earth, the digital-only biology textbook series produced in 2014. Much of her written and multimedia content for LOE focused on ecology.
An alum fellow of the year-long MIT Knight Science Journalism Program, she is a former senior editor at American Scientist magazine in Research Triangle Park and a former science reporter at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
Taylor Knopf (Rural Health, Mental Health Reporter) joined NC Health News in March 2017 and covers rural and mental health news.
Knopf previously wrote for The Raleigh News & Observer as a politics and general assignment reporter from 2015-16. There she began covering mental health issues with an investigative series called “Solitary to the Streets.” It featured a man with severe mental health issues who spent three years in a prison solitary confinement cell and then struggled to regain his life once released.
She has diverse reporting experience in California, Michigan and Washington D.C., and even wrote for a Latin American magazine for eight months.
Knopf has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and journalism minor from Hillsdale College, a liberal arts school in Michigan.
Judy Cole (Charlotte area reporter) is a former Editor-in-Chief of Playgirl, Today’s Charlotte Woman, SexIs and Vibrant Living magazines. With more than 30 years’ professional experience, she’s interviewed everyone from homeless artists and street-soccer activists to entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, doctors, lawyers, business leaders, and major names in the fields of arts and entertainment.
Judy has conceptualized and created content across a broad range of subject matter that includes health/fitness/diet, dating/relationships, humor, gender equality, sex-positive education/legislation, DIY, home repair, fashion, finance, food, beauty, décor, gardening, going green, and pets/animal welfare.
In addition to scripting three seasons for the S.T.E.M.-centric PBS kids’ cooking/travel show, Twice as Good, Judy’s work has been featured online at Nerve.com and Men’s Fitness, and in print at Skirt!, Creative Loafing, Draft (all things beer), Business North Carolina, and Charlotte Magazine. Her fiction titles: Grrracie! A Stray Dog’s Tale and Peculiar Parables for a Dubious Millennium are available at Amazon.com and other online book retailers.
Steve Tell (Data Wrangler) is an electrical engineer/ computer scientist who helps out with interactives, mapping and keeping the website humming and secure.
Tell is an integrated circuit chip designer by day whose after hours hobbies include Linux programming and whipping data into interactive maps and graphics. He has participated in Google’s Summer of Code, is the mentor for a FIRST robotics team at East Chapel Hill High School and in the rest of his spare time, does the lighting for local theater organizations.
Josee Meehan (copyeditor) is an editor with nearly 20 years experience working for daily newspapers, including the Raleigh News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun, and a meat industry lobbyist in Washington, DC. Meehan also provides freelance writing and editing for nonprofits, websites, print publications, and small businesses.
Brenda Porter-Rockwell (rural issues, general assignment reporter) comes to North Carolina Health News backed by a diverse background in print and online communications. Her experience spans more than a decade of writing, reporting and managing publications (for- and non-profit businesses and public relations agencies) on topics ranging from local government, natural products, small business, healthcare and more. Her byline has appeared in trade and consumer publications including INC.com and Black Enterprise as well as local newspapers including the Smithfield Herald, the Selma News and Raleigh Public Record.
Brenda recently took a full time job – with benefits! But she still contributes stories when she can.
Marconi (Chief Morale Officer) manages all office deliveries and helps the rest of the staff maintain perspective.
Former contributors to NC Health News
Thomas Goldsmith wrote about rural health, aging issues, government health policy and other topics until Feb. 2017. A native North Carolinian, he spent 33 years as an editor and reporter for daily newspapers before retiring as Wake County editor at the Raleigh News & Observer in May 2016. His work has also appeared in books published by the Illinois, North Carolina and Oxford university presses, as well as in a variety of trade and consumer publications including Garden & Gun, North State Journal, Billboard and the Journal of Country Music. Look for him now in the pages of Indyweek where he writes about Raleigh/ Wake County issues and gets benefits along with his pay!
Nancy Wang is a North Carolina native who is currently enrolled in UNC-Chapel Hill’s MD-MPH program. She is in her fourth year of medical school and also has a master’s in public health.
She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology-Neuroscience from Duke University. While at Duke, she worked as a staff writer and arts and entertainment editor for the student newspaper, The Chronicle, and spent a summer as a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer.
Wang is also very interested in medical and science journalism and hopes to incorporate it into her future career as a practicing physician. She headed to Stanford for her residency in urology in the summer of 2014.
Saja Hindi worked for various news organizations through jobs or internships in North Carolina, including the daily Wilmington newspaper, the Star-News; the Union County Weekly; and WUNC, the local NPR affiliate, among others.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism from N.C. State University in 2010. During her tenure at N.C. State, she worked as editor-in-chief of the daily student newspaper, Technician, and was the radio station WKNC 88.1 FM’s public affairs director where she produced and hosted “Eye on the Triangle.” After graduation, Saja served a year and a half as an AmeriCorps service volunteer and continued to freelance.
She got married in July 2012 to her sweetheart, Aaron and followed him to Colorado, where she works at a small daily, the Loveland Reporter Herald.
Hyun Namkoong came to NC Health News with a background in global and public health. She just graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings Global School of Public Health in the health behavior department and she worked as the NC Health News intern from Jan-Aug 2014. As soon as her internship was complete, we hired her!
Hyun is interested in health disparities and rural health issues. She is also interested in the intersection of politics, health literacy and the media and how they impact people’s decisions and knowledge of health topics.
Hyun is a fluent Spanish speaker and is working on a long-term project on the health of migrant workers.
Gabe Rivin is a freelance reporter and the owner of The Piedmont Pen, a writing and editing company. Gabe is a former editor of The Cooperative Business Journal, and a former reporter for Inside Washington Publishers, where he covered federal energy policy and climate change policy. His freelance writing has run the gamut, and includes video scripts for the Detroit Pistons, major portions of a karate history book, and feature stories about local nonprofits. Gabe graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.
Gabe returned to his native California in 2016 to get involved in the television industry and be closer to his family. Look for his name in the credits!
Taylor Sisk is a writer, editor, researcher, producer and documentary filmmaker. He served as a managing and contributing editor of The Carrboro Citizen and an associate and contributing editor of the Independent Weekly and has contributed to a wide range of publications. Organizations with which he’s worked include: the Social Science Research Council, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Undersea Research Program and the UNC School of Public Health.
Sisk has won awards from the N.C. Press Association for enterprise and feature writing – including a series on the breakdown of the mental health care system in North Carolina – and has been cited for excellence in higher education reporting by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Amy Adams Ellis lives in Greenville, NC. She earned a writing and editing degree from N.C. State University in 1988, and over the past 25 years, has held a variety of marketing, public relations and writing positions in both the private and public sectors.
She has contributed to numerous medical, parenting and regional publications throughout Eastern North Carolina, and has received several prestigious feature-writing awards, including one from the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society, and another from Parenting Publications of America. Amy and her husband, a family physician with East Carolina University, lead short-term, medical missions annually in Nicaragua.
Amy has a son at Appalachian State U, and twins who are just starting college, as well as another teenager. So she needed a job that was a leeeetle more secure than writing for us. She’s now a public information officer covering health care topics at East Carolina University.
Stephanie Soucheray is a medical, science and general interest reporter. Originally from St. Paul, MN, Soucheray graduated from St. Olaf College in 2007 with a degree in English and history. She received her MA in medical and science journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2012, and has written extensively for newspapers, magazines, public radio, and the web. Her work has been featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Northfield News, Minnesota Public Radio, the Raleigh News &Observer, Yale Medicine magazine, the Duke School of Medicine, and UNC-CH healthcare publications.
She left us when she followed her husband to Berlin, Germany, where he had an academic fellowship. Now they’ve returned to their native land in the Great White North where she works at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Interns (and yes, they receive pay)
Our 2016 summer intern was the whip-smart Minali Nigam, who was completing a year of public health studies in among her time at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine when she joined NC Health News. She says she enjoyed her several months of getting an up-close look at how policy and politics intersect at the NC General Assembly. Now, Minali is wrapping up her medical school training and heading off to residency.
In 2015, our summer intern was Rachel Herzog, a rising junior in the undergraduate journalism program at UNC Chapel Hill. Rachel is a quiet wonder, who remains cheerful and efficient, even when she’s been assigned to work on a spreadsheet for most of the day.
In 2014, our summer intern was Jasmin Singh, a rising senior in the Journalism and Mass Communications program at UNC Chapel Hill. Jasmin was an editor at the Daily Tar Heel during the 2014-15 school year and graduated in 2015. Jasmin said her experience with NC Health News left her more likely to watch CSPAN on Friday nights instead of trolling for cat videos on YouTube. Now she’s in medical school in the Caribbean.
Our summer intern during 2013 was the incomparable Holly West, who, at the time, was a rising junior in the Journalism and Mass Communications program at UNC Chapel Hill. Holly returned to school to become an editor at the Daily Tar Heel and graduated in 2015.
Whitney Howell (research reporter) is a seasoned reporter, writer, freelancer and public relations specialist with a master’s degree in international print journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C. She launched her journalism career as a stringer for UPI on Sept. 11, 2001, on Capitol Hill. That day led to a two-year stint as a daily political reporter in Montgomery County, Md.
As a staff writer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, a public relations specialist for the Duke University Medical Center and the public relations director for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, she earned in-depth experience and knowledge in covering healthcare, academic medicine, healthcare reform, women’s health, Medicare, and several medical specialties. Since April 2010, she has covered healthcare for a myriad of local and national consumer and trade publications.
Jennifer Ferris (MedPage Today Reporter) earned her reporting stripes on the Metro Desk at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, FL. She moved to North Carolina in 2005, joining the daily reporting team at the Herald-Sun. Her writing work can be found across the web, as well as in several major print publications.