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January - May 2018
Uptown Radio is Columbia Journalism School's weekly news magazine and podcast. I covered healthcare and medicine, as well as general assignment day stories. My work was edited by public radio reporters Sally Herships, Ben Shapiro, and Deborah Amos.
"Meet the Mets!" New York City Baseball Fans Pick A Side
Last April, the New York Mets made headlines for an unusual reason: they were winning baseball games. But by May, the team was settled firmly back into its slump. So, I set out to understand what— if not winning—keeps Mets fans on the hook season after season. Along the way, I met a funny, sarcastic and hardy bunch of baseball fans whose love for the Mets speaks to a larger truth about what it means to be a New Yorker.
Rats! New York Vermin Might Be Making You Sick
After discovering an unwelcome, furry tenant in my apartment’s kitchen last spring, I began to wonder where New York City’s vermin take refuge in the winter, and whether their re-emergence when the weather changes has implications for public health. In this story, we hear from an asthma researcher about how rat dander in the subway and other public places contributes to respiratory illness. I also spoke with residents in a Harlem community who battled a rat infestation of their own.
New Yorkers Look For Common Ground Over Congestion Pricing
I reported this day story about a congestion pricing panel discussion at CUNY for a Friday “Uptown Radio” broadcast. The panel took place late Thursday night, and my piece was filed by 12 p.m. the next day. Finding a newsworthy angle for the panel was a challenge, since nothing new was being announced, but pre-reporting and strategic sourcing helped me narrow my focus. The finished story explores why New Yorkers on opposite sides of the issue have come to the table to talk about congestion pricing and includes comments from New York state senator Liz Krueger.
Didn't Get A Flu Shot? You're Not Alone, And Doctors Want To Know Why
This flu season, health experts made one thing abundantly clear: everyone should get the flu shot. But New Yorkers still aren’t doing it, so doctors and nurses are getting creative to persuade the un- inoculated. In this “Uptown Radio” enterprise story, I speak to a growing number of healthcare professionals who are taking their vaccine advocacy efforts online and a flu shot skeptic whose mind they changed.
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