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We’re so excited to start the week off with a bit of good news. NC Health News is bringing on a new reporter to cover gender and inmate health, starting today. To cover these vital issues, Hannah Critchfield is joining the NC Health News team as a Report for America corps member.
Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities through its reporting corps. It is an initiative of the nonprofit news organization, The GroundTruth Project.
Hannah Critchfield comes to us from Arizona, and she’s a unicyclist-turned-journalist. She previously worked for Phoenix New Times, covering immigration and criminal justice in the state with the fourth highest imprisonment rate in the country.
Her investigative reporting has appeared in The Intercept, VICE and Documented. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she focused on workplace abuse within undocumented communities and received the Melvin Mencher Reporting Award for Superior Reporting and the Fred M. Hechinger Award for Education Journalism for her investigation on the re-hiring of university faculty accused of sexual harassment in 2019.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Hannah on board and to begin our partnership with The Ground Truth Project. We’re confident that Hannah’s work on gender and inmate health will help bring to light so many issues that are currently being overlooked. Topics such as racial disparities in maternal/ infant mortality rates, health care in the LGBTQI community and the mental health of inmates in our correctional system are already on Hannah’s radar.
Of course, none of this would be possible without your support, as Hannah’s work will be partially funded by readers like you. Please help us make sure that the people and issues in these communities get the voice they deserve and donate today.