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Support Journalism that Saves Lives

At a time of unprecedented attacks on the media, the Center for Health Journalism needs your help to continue to support storytellers like Oakland radio reporter Lee Romney.

In a series of audio and web stories for KQEDKALW and Making Contact public radio shows, Lee documented the San Francisco Unified School District's failure for years to deliver on the promise of an equal education for black students. Some students were improperly warehoused in special education, and others who desperately needed special help failed to get it. She illuminated the issues through the story of “Larry P,” a mysterious plaintiff in a pivotal lawsuit in 1971. Lee tracked down Larry P, whose real name is Darryl Lester. At 60, he still struggles to read. She reported how dubious placements in special ed continue to disproportionately affect African American youth today. Her reporting also highlighted promising interventions that can meet students’ needs.

Because of Lee's reporting, community groups in San Francisco have come together to demand reforms from district leaders. More than 200 people attended a forum Lee organized, with the Center's help, to discuss the experiences of current students and families to shed light on the persistent "opportunity gap” for black students. As for Darryl Lester, he is now getting tutoring through a grassroots group that heard Lee’s stories, and two organizations have united to create a scholarship for African American students who are struggling to read.

Lee's reporting is the kind of in-depth, impactful journalism that USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism has been supporting for 15 years. The Center provides journalists with training, reporting grants, mentoring and community engagement resources so that they can produce "impact journalism" that marries powerful storytelling with data and engagement -- and that serves as a catalyst for change. Our Fellows' stories have exposed wrongdoing, illuminated complex health issues and led to new laws, research priorities and community conversations.

Please consider supporting this important work with a tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Health Journalism Gift Fund, dedicated to explanatory and investigative reporting on underserved communities. 

To donate online, click on Center for Health Journalism Gift Fund,

You can also text to donate. No amount is too small; just send a text to 41-444 and type the message CHJ for further instructions.

To donate by check, write "Center for Health Journalism" in the subject field and send to:

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

3502 Watt Way, Suite 304

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281

 Questions about making a donation? Call Center Manager of Operations Shelly Wang at (213) 821-8823 or email her at or call Center Director Michelle Levander at (323) 401-1591 (cell) or email her at



In this season of giving, you can support journalism that saves lives by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Health Journalism. For 15 years, the Center has made it possible for reporters to call attention to untold stories, highlight solutions and bring communities together around common aims. In today’s difficult news environment, the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism provides critical support so that reporters can produce ambitious, game-changing projects on health and well-being. You can text to donate. No amount is too small; just send a text to 41-444 and type the message CHJ for further instructions.

Got a great idea for a substantive reporting project?  Let us fund it! (And bring you to L.A. for five days of intensive training as well!)


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