Staff Spotlight: Public health reporter Erica Hensley named finalist for national healthcare journalism award

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Congratulations to Erica Hensley, Mississippi Today’s public health reporter, for being named a finalist in the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Research & Journalism Awards

Erica’s reporting on Mississippi’s EMS network, an investigative collaboration with C.J. LeMaster of WLBT, is being recognized alongside projects from the likes of national news outlets, such as Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Washington Post. The NIHCM Awards recognize the tremendous contributions of researchers and journalists who brought to light new evidence that advances the health system and the health of Americans.

Erica is currently the inaugural recipient of the Doris O’Donnell Innovations in Investigative Journalism Fellowship from Point Park University in Pittsburg. She recently completed a Knight Foundation fellowship for our newsroom’s collaboration with local TV station WLBT, for which she is being recognized by NIHCM. Erica curates The Inform[H]er, our monthly women and girls’ newsletter.

Look for more from Erica on how COVID-19 is further impacting the state’s EMS network and the mounting burden on rural ambulance providers.