Symposium focuses on ‘Health Care Reporting in a Pandemic’

headshots of Naseem Miller, Felice J. Freyer, Meredith Cohn and Anna Maria Barry-Jester

Top health care journalists from around the country will join the Roger Tatarian Symposium for ‘On the Front Lines: Health Care Reporting in a Pandemic’ at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 on Zoom. At the event, a panel of four health journalists will discuss their experiences covering the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has changed health care journalism.

Panelists 

Anna Maria Barry-Jester, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Headshot of Anna Maria Barry-Jester in a black blazer and tan shirt

A senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, Barry-Jester is an enterprise reporter focusing on health disparities and public health. She was previously a reporter with FiveThirtyEight, Univision and ABC News, and a freelance photographer and videographer. She’s recently won awards from AAAS and the California News Publishers Association for coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a master’s degree in public health.

Felice J. Freyer, health care reporter, Boston Globe

Head shot of Felice J. Freyer in a white collared shirt

A health care reporter at the Boston Globe and president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. As a reporter for the Globe and previously for the Providence (R.I.) Journal, Freyer has covered almost every aspect of health and medicine, with a focus on mental health and addiction. During the pandemic, she embedded at a hospital ICU, explored COVID-19 treatments, revealed the plight of covid “long-haulers,” and tracked the vaccine roll-out. 

Naseem Miller, senior health editor, The Journalist’s Resource 

Headshot of Nassem Miller with a black leather top and zipper catch earrings.

The senior health editor at The Journalist’s Resource, a project of Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. Prior to JR, she was the senior health reporter at the Orlando Sentinel. In 2017, she helped start the Journalists Covering Trauma Facebook group to create a supportive space for reporters. She has an undergraduate degree in molecular and microbiology and a master’s degree in multimedia journalism and public affairs.

Meredith Cohn, health and medicine reporter, The Baltimore Sun  

Headshot of Meredith Cohn in a white shirt

A health and medicine reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Cohn came to the paper in 2000 after stints at The Virginian-Pilot, States News Service and the Hagerstown Morning Herald. At The Sun, she was on the team that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for the “Healthy Holly” scandal that sent Mayor Catherine Pugh to prison and led to overhaul of the University of Maryland Medical System leadership.
The Roger Tatarian Symposiums bring top national and international journalists to share important media issues of the day with the campus and broader community.


The event is presented by the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism and supported by the College of Arts and Humanities.

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