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Virtual Classroom Visits with Public Health Journalists

Pooyan Tabatabei presents "Walking on a Blade," a photojournalism project documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on Iran's marginalized communities. Image courtesy of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. United States/Canada, 2020.

Pooyan Tabatabei presents "Walking on a Blade," a photojournalism project documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on Iran's marginalized communities. Image courtesy of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. United States/Canada, 2020.

Are you interested in connecting your students directly with a journalist who has reported on public health emergencies on the ground? These journalists can share a range of expertise, from explaining the science of epidemics to sifting through misinformation on health crises to sharing human stories about the impact and inequities of illness in communities around the world. To schedule a free visit with your class, reach out to us today!

Pulitzer Center journalists who have reported on the COVID-19 pandemic include...

  • Journalists behind "America's Medical Supply Crisis," a joint reporting effort by PBS FRONTLINE, the Associated Press, and the Global Reporting Centre to document how the coronavirus has exposed deadly weaknesses in the global medical supply chain.
  • Valentina Oropeza, an investigative journalist who has been conducting a data journalism project on the impact of COVID-19 on people in Venezuela.
  • Journalists from the Howard Center for Investigative Reporting, who have been reporting on the toll of evictions and homelessness on vulnerable communities' health.
  • Kai Kupferschmidt, a science journalist who 
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei, a photojournalist who has been reporting on how the pandemic is affecting Iran's marginalized communities.
  • Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, a journalist who has been reporting on how stigma makes it harder to fight epidemics.
  • Emily Fishbein and Kyaw Hsan Hlaing, journalists who reported on how civil war has impacted Myanmar's COVID-19 response.

Pulitzer Center journalists who have reported on other public health emergencies...

  • Poonam Daryani, a public health practitioner who reported on Zika and Congenital Zika Syndrome in Brazil.
  • Emily Baumgartner, a science/medicine reporter at the LA Times who reported on Yellow Fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Rebecca Hersher, a radio journalist focused on health issues who reported on cholera in Haiti.
  • Dr. Seema Yasmin, a journalist, medical doctor, and poet who has reported on Ebola in West Africa and misinfodemics around the world.
  • Jon Cohen, a science journalist who has covered epidemics including HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and Ebola for Science Magazine internationally.
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi, a photojournalist who reported on a spike of Nodding Syndrome in Uganda.
  • Anton Delgado, a journalist who has reported on the resurgence of leprosy in Brazil.
  • Carl Gierstorfer, a multimedia journalist who reported on Liberia's fight against Ebola.

Is there another way we can support you and your students in leading discussions about public health? We'd love to brainstorm with you! Reach out to the K-12 outreach team by emailing education@pulitzercenter.org.

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