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Michelle Levander

Michelle Levander is the founding director of the Center for Health Journalism; editor-in-chief of its online community; and co-publisher of Boyle Heights Beat. Michelle launched the Center in 2004 after more than 15 years as a reporter and editor in New York, California, Hong Kong and Mexico. Michelle has spent much of her career exploring how communities confront economic and social change. In her current leadership role, she provides reporters and editors with tools to explore and investigate disparities in health care delivery and population health. Hallmarks of the Fellowships under her watch include nurturing collaborative reporting projects; partnerships with newsrooms nationwide, community engagement mentoring, and building an interdisciplinary online community of practice. More than 800 journalists have participated in the center's Fellowships, producing stories that have won awards, changed policy, sparked community conversations and change. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists L.A. (Distinguished Work in New Media 2015). A former Inter American Press Association fellow, she spent a year in Mexico, studying at Mexico City's El Colegio de Mexico and researching and writing about migrant culture from rural Mexico.


Chinyere Amobi

Chinyere Amobi is the community editor for the Center for Health Journalism Digital, coordinating the Center’s social media accounts, developing the weekly newsletter, and assisting with contributor content and community engagement. Prior to joining the Center for Health Journalism team, Chinyere served as a media professional at the Institute for Public Strategies, the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Chinyere’s freelance work has appeared in publications such as the OC Weekly, Radiant Health Magazine, Student Health 101,, and, covering topics such as minority and mental health, and social justice issues.

Cynthia Tice

Cynthia Tice is the budget assistant and program coordinator at the Center for Health Journalism. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a double minor in French and music industry. While attending college, she worked as a budget assistant for the USC School of Architecture.

Shelly Wang

Shelly Wang, manager of operations, joined the center in 2015 after seven years in accounting and financial analytics in several industries.

Ryan White

Ryan White is content editor of Center for Health Journalism Digital, for which he also writes the Children’s Health Matters blog. Ryan has a decade of reporting, writing and editing experience for newspapers in California and national magazines. The blog focuses on new research, policies and journalism surrounding early childhood and adolescent health. Since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2003, Ryan has reported widely on the environment, local politics, urban planning, affordable housing and public health issues throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles. In the past, he’s worked on KQED’s public television program “This Week in Northern California,” served as the editor of the Alameda Sun, worked as a reporter and editor for Marinscope Community Newspapers and freelanced for a long list of outlets. He is a former Center for Health Journalism Fellow.


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