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Journalists in Aging Fellows Program Alumni

2017 Cohort

Arthur Allen (Politico)
Project: Reducing unnecessary and inappropriate prescriptions and procedures for older patients.

David T. Baker (The Louisiana Weekly)
Project: The rising cost of senior living.

Beth Baker (Next Avenue)
Project: Intergenerational model programs engaging children and seniors.

Jeneé Darden (KQED-FM)
Project: Culturally-competent mental health treatment for older African Americans.

Dawn Davis (Caribbean Today)
Project: How traditional pressures impact Caribbean families to provide elder care at home despite economic stress, and later compel them to spend on elaborate funerals.

Jeanne Erdmann (The Washington Post)
Project: Medical, geographic, and financial disparities to hospice access.

Jacqueline Garcia (La Opinión)
Project: Issues for aging undocumented jornaleros (day-labor workers).

Kelli B. Grant (CNBC)
Project: The intersections between longevity and financial planning.

Gretchen Grosky (The Union Leader)
Project: Isolation of rural seniors in a state that promoted retirement there, but offers limited senior services.

Susan Jaffe (Kaiser Health News)
Project: How Medicare anti-fraud rules create problems for patients and their families.

Julia Kassem (The Detroit Journalism Cooperative)
Project: Poor transportation issues resulting in isolation of Arab American elders.

Debra Krol (Indian Country Today Media Network)
Project: Eldercare challenges for tribes and families.

Zhihong “Cecilia” Li (Sing Tao Daily)
Project: Housing challenges for Chinese older adults, especially immigrants.

JoAnn Mar (KALW-FM)
Project: Insights from physicians and patients on the challenges of providing universal comfort care at the end of life.  

D. Kevin McNeir (The Washington Informer)
Project: Aging baby boomers working 9 to 5, many after 65.

Kent Paterson (NMPolitics.net)
Project: Growing relocation/retirement of citizens of the U.S. and Canada to Mexico.

Stephanie Sanchez (KAWC-FM)
Project: Aging farm workers in Yuma County.

Tibisay Zea (El Planeta Media)
Project: Undocumented Latino elders in New England.

2016 Cohort

Francisco Castro (La Opinión)
Project: Varied series on the daily struggles of food and rent for older Latinos, elder abuse among Latinos in home care facilities, and “old love.”

Lois M. Collins (Deseret News, Salt Lake City)
Project: Redefining “community” in old age.

Alice Daniel (KQED Public Radio’s “California Report,” San Francisco)
Project: Mental illness in older Hmong and Lao refugees.

Merdis “Penny” Dickerson (Florida Courier/Daytona Times)
Project: Hunger among older African Americans.

Neil Gonzales (Philippine News)
Project: Barriers to and opportunities for healthy aging, particularly within the Filipino and Asian American community.

Leoneda Inge (North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC)
Project: The “reverse migration” of black retirees to North Carolina.

Erica Manfred (SeniorPlanet.org)
Project: Accessible hearing-loss technology.

Deborah Martinez (KSFR-FM, Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Project: Varied series on navigating Social Security and Medicare, the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico’s retirees, and recent lawsuits brought against two Santa Fe elder care facilities.

Sister Charlene Muhammad (Los Angeles Sentinel/L.A. Watts Times Weekender)
Project: Intersection of homelessness, dementia, and substance abuse.

Elizabeth Payne (Ottawa Citizen)
Project: A series of articles related to falls, including prevention, causes, costs, and consequences.

Katy Read (Star Tribune, Minneapolis)
Project: Individual and community initiatives to address the dangers of isolation and loneliness.

Randy Rieland (Smithsonian)
Project: Use of artificial intelligence to combat social isolation.

Michael O. Schroeder (U.S. News & World Report)
Project: Financial exploitation of older adults.

Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs (Alldigitocracy.org)
Project: Ageism in the media and its coverage of older adults from minority communities.

Chandra Thomas Whitfield (NBCBLK/NBCNews.com)
Project: Challenges faced by LGBT older adults of color.

Ke “April” Xu (Sing Tao Daily)
Project: Scams haunting Chinese older adults in the U.S.

2015 Cohort

David Bacon (Capital & Main)
Project: Aging immigrant indigenous farm workers in California.

Marcela Paulina Cartagena (La Raza Newspaper)
Project: Chicago’s Spanish-speaking Latino elders being abandoned, abused and depressed, whether at home or in nursing homes.

Lotus Chau (Sing Tao Daily)
Project: A comprehensive picture of Alzheimer disease among Asian Americans who suffer from dementia in New York City.

Kar F. “Geoff” Chin (Media Central, Inc./America Commercial News)
Project: An examination of the Tzu Chi Foundation’s work in multiethnic areas of Los Angeles County aimed at integrating religion and spiritual elements in psychotherapy for elders.

Julian Do (Al Enteshar)
Project: The status of Arab elders and the role of Arab American community centers in helping them access health care and services.

Lisa Esposito (U.S. News & World Report)
Project: Isolation among older adults who desire to live independently, including gaps in health care and social connections for the 40 percent of U.S. seniors who live alone.

Anna Gorman (Kaiser Health News)
Project: How hospitals treat frail elders, with emphasis on medication management for multiple chronic diseases, weakened mobility on discharge due to hospital care practices, and hospital admission of frail seniors.

Carolyn Guniss (Miami Times)
Project: Profiles of largely African American inmates held for 20 or more years, and a study of reentry programs and how they relate to older ex-offenders.

Emily A. Gurnon (Next Avenue)
Project: Abuses in the adult guardianship system.

Diane Lade (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Project: Senior hunger, focusing on senior food insecurity and nutrition gaps in Florida’s massive retirement communities.

Nell Lake (Boston Globe)
Project: Immigrant women on the front lines of long-term care.

Sarah Macaraeg (Truthout)
Project: How the health of Chicago’s Chinese elders is interconnected with the health of its service providers, especially the Chinese American Service League.

Karen Michel (America Abroad Media)
Project: How members of the Tibetan diaspora continue or modify traditional practices around the dying and the dead in the U.S.

Robert A. “Bob” Rosenblatt (Los Angeles Times)
Project: How Medicare, Medicaid, doctors, insurers and patients will handle the expense and use of drugs curing Hepatitis C.

Diane Joy Schmidt (New Mexico Jewish eLink)
Project: Profiles of older Jews who moved to New Mexico more than 20 years ago and gained a greater sense of connection to their Jewish roots.

Sheri Stuart (Inland Valley News)
Project: The economic downturn’s impact on African American wealth loss.

Tyler Tjomsland (The Spokesman-Review)
Project: The hardships of largely Hispanic migrant workers in Eastern Washington and Idaho.

Linda Valdez (The Arizona Republic)
Project: An investigation of state-of-the-art neurological research regarding physical changes in the brain as a result becoming involved in creative endeavors.

2014 Cohort

Frank Browning (Kaiser Health News and California Magazine)
Project: Emerging approaches to aging in place, such as the Village Model, through the lens of gender; also, an examination of how U.S. demographic shifts, especially in Asian and Latino communities, could affect the lives of older women.
 
Jennifer L. Boen (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
Project: Transforming culturally-relevant elder care, focusing on the growth of refugee and immigrant populations in the American heartland, such as from Burma, West Africa, and Latin America.
 
Jenny Chen (Asian Fortune Newsmagazine)
Project: Mental health in the Asian American senior population.
 
Jen Chien (“Crosscurrents,” KALW Public Radio) Project: Social connections for seniors — from ethnic elders dancing for health to cultural barriers for ethnic elders to technology and social media.
 
Erica Curless (Spokesman-Review)
Project: The lives of elders in small towns and in the countryside, from diehard individualists to those on Indian reservations.
 
Rachel Dornhelm (KQED Public Radio’s “State of Health” blog and KQED Radio News)
Project: Overmedication in seniors.
 
Sandra J. Larson (Bay State Banner)
Project: The impact of gentrification on elders’ housing.
 
Frederick H. Lowe (NorthStar News & Analysis)
Project: Series on older, African American men such as those with little or no Social Security income, often due to low lifetime wages; family caregiving challenges; and prison release at older ages.
 
Lisa Wong Macabasco (Hyphen Magazine)
Project: The trend in remarriage among Chinese seniors, especially widowers and widows, who have remarried people from Asia, focusing on life and cultural challenges in America today for the aging Chinese population.
 
Laura McCamy (Oakland Local)
Project: Impact of gentrification on seniors in Oakland’s Chinatown and the African American community on income security for seniors.
 
Melody Miranda (Mundo Hispánico)
Project: The lack of geriatric physicians (especially Spanish speakers), Hispanic elders’ participation in clinical trials, such as for Alzheimer’s disease, and in community programs.

Greggory W. Morris (BQ Brew)
Project: Ethnographic, street-level stories profiling the quality of life of elders in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York City: East New York, Brooklyn.
 
Kimberly Palmer (U.S. News & World Report)
Project: How changing health care needs and the medical system put stress on caregiving relationships (and finances) of aging Americans and their children.
 
Encarnacion Pyle (The Columbus Dispatch)
Project: Elder abuse in personal and public policy terms.
 
Sarita Sarvate (India Currents Magazine)
Project: How modern pressures are rapidly changing multigenerational family structures, often leaving older adults isolated, facing cultural, language, transportation and economic barriers, even in the affluent Silicon Valley.
 
Liz Seegert (“HealthStyles,” WBAI, andHealthCetera) Project: Portraits of family caregiving among New York City’s aging ethnic adults.
 
Elizabeth Simpson (Virginian-Pilot)
Project: Disruptive blending in assisted living facilities of seniors with younger mentally ill people often due to economic downsizing.
 
Mark Taylor (Philadelphia Inquirer)
John J. Curley Journalism in Aging and Health Fellow sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation
Project: How the Affordable Care Act is impacting the way hospitals treat patients with chronic conditions.
 
Pamela Yip (Dallas Morning News)
Project: The growing challenges of financial elder abuse for cognitively challenged seniors.

2013 Cohort

Jason Alcorn (InvestigateWest)
Fellowship topic: Inequalities in the delivery of health care and information about Alzheimer’ disease in Washington as steps are taken by the state to set future policy directions.

Matthew S. Bajko (Bay Area Reporter)
Fellowship topic: How San Francisco plans to fulfill recommendations of its LGBT Aging Policy Task Force report.

Jose de la Isla (Scripps Howard’s Hispanic Link News Service)
Fellowship topic: Immigrant Latino caregivers (often undocumented) working “off the books.”

Joaqlin Estus (KNBA-FM, Anchorage)
Fellowship topic: The shortage of health care workers, new technologies, and aging in place in Alaska.

Christopher Farrell (Next Avenue)
Fellowship topic: Retirement and work challenges for older immigrants, specifically Chinese elders in San Francisco and Hmong seniors in St. Paul.

Elizabeth Isele (Next Avenue/Forbes)
Fellowship topic: Older middle- and lower-income seniors in the longevity economy.

Colleen Ann Keane (Navajo Times)
Fellowship topic: Profiles of three traditional Navajo artisans preserving heritage for new generations.

Yanick Rice Lamb (MSNBC’s theGrio.com)
John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow
Fellowship topic: Guides for caregiving and dementia-care for African Americans.

Jennifer Margulis (AARP The Magazine)
Fellowship topic: National shortage of home health aides and the growth of abuses by unchecked aides.

Melinda Miller (The Buffalo News)
Fellowship topic: Gambling addiction among elders and casinos that target them.

Wallace Roberts (NAACP’s The Crisis Magazine)
Fellowship topic: Racism in long-term care and Medicaid for African American seniors.

Gary Rotstein (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Fellowship topic: The experience and perceptions of death and dying among the older population, how that has changed over time, and what present trends hold for the future

Connie Sexton (Arizona Republic)
Fellowship topic: A look at how seniors from varying cultures confront decisions on palliative care, end of life, and pain management.

Sunita Sohrabji (India-West)
Fellowship topic: The Affordable Care Act’s impact on older Indian immigrants.

Alice Thomas-Tisdale (Jackson Advocate Newspaper)
Fellowship topic: Nursing home care in Mississippi’s inner city and rural facilities.

Dawn M. Williams (Senior News 50 and Better!)
Fellowship topic: Healthy aging through physical activity and good nutrition.

Veronica Zaragovia (KUT Public Radio, Austin)
Fellowship topic: Contrast between health care access in rural and urban Texas, resources for Vietnam veterans suffering from mental distress and addiction; and challenges facing older same-sex couples.

2012 Cohort

Liana Aghajanian (The Atlantic)
Fellowship topic: Medical marijuana and seniors

Eric Anderson, MD (Physician’s Money Digest)
Fellowship topic: How doctors and their staff can prepare for the huge rise in numbers of aging patients

Eileen Beal (Today’s Caregiver Magazine)
Fellowship topic: Financial elder abuse

Carolyn Beeler (WHYY-FM, Philadelphia)
Fellowship topic: HIV among elders

Thandisizwe Chimurenga (Los Angeles Sentinel)
Fellowship topic: Digital divide for black grandparents

Ellen Endo (Rafu Shimpo)
Fellowship topic: Caregiving crisis for Japanese Americans

Cristina Fresquez (The Weekly Issue/El Semanario)
Fellowship topic: Parkinson’s and Latinos

Thomas Goldsmith (The [Raleigh] News & Observer)
Fellowship topic: Isolation of elders, especially those of color and with low income

Alma Yolanda Gonzalez Gomez (HuffPost Voces)
Fellowship topic: Life and health for Latino elders on the Texas-Mexico border

Martina Guzman (WDET-FM, Detroit)
Fellowship topic: Food, faith, and quality care for Latino and Arab elders

Peter McDermott (The Irish Echo)
Fellowship topic: The lives and roles of older working class Irish immigrants, and a Chicago program to train geriatric social workers to bring that knowledge to Ireland

Lygia Navarro (“Radio Ambulante”/“Latino USA”)
Fellowship topic: Challenges for Latino veterans of the Vietnam War

Mohamad Ozeir (Arab American News)
Fellowship topic: Realities of aging for Arab Americans

Matt Perry (California Health Report)
Fellowship topic: Restraints vs. freedom in California nursing homes

Conrado “Sluggo” Rigor (Filipino-American Bulletin/Filipino-American Radio)
Fellowship topic: Struggles and history of Filipino World War II veterans

Barbara Peters Smith (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow
Fellowship topic: The home care revolution

Rita Watson (Providence Journal)
Fellowship topic: Nursing home care and cognitive enrichment for residents, including those with Alzheimer’s disease

2011 Cohort

Azadeh Ansari (CNN International)
Fellowship topic: The struggles of elderly Iraqi Arab and Christian refugees in America, mainly in Dearborn, MI

Hanah Cho (Baltimore Sun)
Fellowship topic: The major financial crisis facing older Americans

Karla Gómez Escamilla (Univision Arizona)
Fellowship topic: Immigration challenges for Latino seniors

Kerry Hannon (Forbes, AARP)
Fellowship topic: Work and retirement of the boomer generation.

Kay Harvey (MinnPost)
Fellowship topic: The economic insecurity and health challenges of aging Minnesotans

Jongwon Lee (Korea Daily Atlanta)
Fellowship topic: The strain of American traditional ways felt by elders in extended families, especially with family crowding in the current housing crisis

Pamela MacLean (RedwoodAge.com)
Fellowship topic: Mental health issues awaiting aging boomers and their Generation X children

Nadia Maiwandi
Fellowship topic: The plight of older immigrant women from South Asia, especially Afghanistan.

Araceli Martinez Ortega (La Opiñon)
Fellowship topic: The struggles of Latino elders living solely on Social Security, especially those who are parents of incarcerated children

Andrea Parrott (Twin Cities Daily Planet)
Fellowship topic: Alzheimer’s disease, with an emphasis on African American families

James Ridgeway (Mother Jones)
Fellowship topic: The rising tide of aging prisoners, especially those aging in solitary confinement

Rebecca Rivas (St. Louis American)
Fellowship topic: How social media and the Internet affect learning, isolation, and older-worker issues for older African Americans, such as a new breed of entrepreneurial grandmothers using online media to generate income for their families

Johanes Rosello (Mundo Hispanico)
Fellowship topic: Language and cultural barriers facing growing population of Latino elders in Georgia, where the Hispanic population has doubled in the last decade.

Paula Spencer Scott (Caring.com)
Fellowship topic: Caregiver syndrome, including what caregivers can do to reduce their heightened risks to their physical and mental well-being, work, and relationships

Rochelle Sharpe (New England Center for Investigative Reporting)
Fellowship topic: Declining life expectancy for women in some low-income U.S. regions.

Vanessa White (Viễn Đông Daily News)
Fellowship topic: Ethnic minority depression, with a focus on the Vietnamese-American community

2010 Cohort

Sally Abrahms (AARP Bulletin)
Fellowship topic: Innovative housing options for seniors

Jane Adler (Chicago Tribune)
Fellowship topic: How age-friendly communities can combat loneliness and depression in our aging nation as long-time friends leave the neighborhood or die, adult children move far away, and frailty takes its physical toll on one’s mobility

April Dembosky (San Jose Mercury News)
Fellowship topic: Intergenerational issues in the hospice and palliative care field

Adolfo Flores (El Nuevo Sol, Pasadena Star-News)
Fellowship topic: Grandparents raising or helping to raise their grandchildren

Shaleece Haas (KCAW-Raven Radio, Sitka, AK)
Fellowship topic: How native Alaskan and other seniors are accessing — or failing to access — the services they need.

Christina Hernandez (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Fellowship topic: The hidden epidemic of falls affecting elders in the largely African American and Latino community of Camden, NJ.

Janice N. Lloyd (USA Today)
Fellowship topic: How exercise can enhance the quality of life of aging baby boomers in their homes, in 55-plus communities, and in assisted living facilities.

Katrina Rogers (New Orleans Agenda)
Fellowship topic: The impact of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster on the lives of elders on the Gulf Coast.

Nayita Wilson (The Louisiana Weekly)
Fellowship topic: The challenges African Americans face in saving for and financing their later years.

Warren Wolfe ([Minneapolis] Star Tribune)
Fellowship topic: The shortage of trained geriatric workers in every health profession — from nursing aides to physicians.

Rong Xiaoqing (Sing Tao Daily)
Fellowship topic: How the dramatic increase of interracial marriages among young Asians in recent years affects the lives of their aging parents.

Mohammed Yussuf (Runta [Truth])
Fellowship topic: Depression and isolation among those ages 60 and older in Somali-American communities.

Aylin Zafar (The Atlantic.com)
Fellowship topic: Social media for seniors, including how this new technology is impacting their quality of life and mental health.

Mei Zhou and Ke Yuan (New Tang Dynasty Television, Epoch Times)
Fellowship topic: Chinese seniors navigating the U.S. healthcare system and communicating with their health care providers.

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