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Yamiche AlcindorYamiche Alcindor


National Political Reporter
The New York Times

Yamiche Alcindor is a national political reporter at The New York Times. She has covered the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders and has written stories about the end of President Obama’s presidency and the political concerns of Haitian Americans. 

Previously, Alcindor was a national multimedia journalist at USA Today, where she covered breaking news and social justice issues including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Boston Marathon bombing, the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. as well as protests in both Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md. She also writes and produces videos about societal concerns such as wrongful convictions, human trafficking, gun violence and poverty. She has been a frequent guest on MSNBC and has also discussed her reporting on PBS, C-SPAN, NPR and a variety of local television stations across the nation.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Government and English at Georgetown University and a master's degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking at New York University. 

Sonia ShahSonia Shah


Writer and Investigative Journalist

Writer and investigative journalist Sonia Shah is the author of critically acclaimed books on science, human rights, the drug industry and international politics. Her fourth book, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, published in 2016, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. 

Shah’s previous books are The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients, and Crude: The Story of Oil.  Her writing has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Foreign Affairs and other publications, and she has discussed her work on Fresh Air, RadioLab, CNN and BBC. Her 2013 TED talk on malaria has garnered more than 1 million views.

She has lectured at universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and held the 2014 James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism endowed visiting professorship at SUNY, New Paltz. 

She earned a BA in journalism, philosophy and neuroscience from Oberlin College. 

Laura SullivanLaura Sullivan


Correspondent, NPR Investigations

Laura Sullivan is a correspondent with the investigations unit at National Public Radio, whose work has cast a light on some of the country's most disadvantaged people.

She is one of NPR's most decorated journalists, with three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons and two Robert F. Kennedy Awards. She joined NPR in 2004 as a correspondent on the National Desk and for six years covered crime and punishment issues before joining NPR's investigations unit.

Her unflinching three-part series "Native Foster Care," which aired on All Things Considered in October 2011, examined the history behind the removal of Native-American children from homes in South Dakota. Through more than 150 interviews with state and federal officials, tribal representatives and families from eight South Dakota tribes, plus a review of thousands of records, Sullivan and NPR producers pieced together a narrative of inequality in the foster care system across the state.

Her investigative projects include "36 Years of Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice at Angola," an expose of rape on Native American reservations and an examination of the origins of Arizona’s controversial immigration policies.

Before coming to NPR, Sullivan was a Washington correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, where she covered the Justice Department, the FBI and terrorism.

 Julie RovnerJulie Rovner


Moderator

Julie Rovner is the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News and a noted expert on health policy issues.

Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 15 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, specializing in the politics of health care. Rovner served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

She is the author of a critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Rovner is also co-author of the book Managed Care Strategies 1997, and has contributed to several other books, including two chapters in Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, edited by political scientists Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.

In 2005, she was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug law and its aftermath.

Prior to NPR, She covered health for National Journal’s CongressDaily and before that for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. She has been a regular contributor to the British medical journal The Lancet, and her columns on patients' rights for the magazine Business and Health won her a share of the 1999 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.