|Aaliyah Bowden joins The Post newsroom to expand health coverage|
|Reporting on issues important to Black community|
|Published Monday, June 7, 2021 12:20 am|
|COURTESY AALIYAH BOWDEN|
|Post reporter Aaliyah Bowden is covering health as a Report For America corps member.|
Aaliyah Bowden has joined The Post as a health reporter.
Bowden, who started June 1, is joining the newsroom staff from Report For America’s corps of journalists. Her beat will include reporting on health-related issues, especially topics that directly impact the Black community.
Report for America is a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities.
“The crisis in our democracy, disinformation and polarization is in many ways a result of the collapse of local news,” said Steven Waldman, co-founder of Report for America. “We have a unique opportunity to reverse this decline by filling newsrooms with talented journalists who not only view journalism as a public service, but who can make trusted connections with the communities they serve.”
RFA’s 2021 reporting corps of 300 journalists will be placed with more than 200 local news organizations across 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. Among corps members, 135, or 45%, are people of color, double the percentage in the nation’s newsrooms.
Bowden, a May graduate of North Carolina Central University, was a reporter at North Carolina Health News and interned with Duke Neurology’s communications staff. She was co-editor of Campus Echo, NCCU’s campus newspaper and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Association of Healthcare Journalists.
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