Current Students

Lee AdcockLee Adcock is a first-year graduate student and a native of Madison, GA. She graduated from Mercer University with a bachelor's degree in English and studied literature for one semester at The University of Swansea in Wales. For the past year she has been freelancing, mainly for arts and music publications, and she's interested in writing about many different topics. As an HMJ student she is interested in covering nutrition and healthy dietary habits.

April BaileyApril Bailey graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in print journalism. Over the summer she edited promotional videos for the Athens Nurses Clinic's Tomatoes at Terrapin Fundraiser and helped edit the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy's newsletter. This fall April will write for the Office of Public Affairs News Service, translating research jargon into language the public can understand and use. She is interested in telling stories that matter - health always matters.

Katie BallKatie Ball is a second-year HMJ student aiming for a career in broadcast journalism. Her interests include medical technology research and sustainable environmental practices, and she develops web content for the Georgia Sea Grant Program, an organization promoting outreach and education on the Georgia coast. In 2010, she earned a B.F.A. in speech communication with a minor in sociology from Valdosta State University.

Ian BranamIan Branam graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with degrees in history and psychology. He spent the summer of 2013 as a fellow at the University of Missouri's Health Communications Research Center. During his stay in Columbia, he developed a social media campaign to encourage Missouri workplaces to become smoke-free and wrote educational content about the Affordable Care Act for the university's Center for Health Policy website. Ian is especially interested in writing about chronic disease and food insecurity.

Deborah ChasteenDeborah Chasteen (B.A., English, U. South Carolina) spent years creating advertising design and copy for many publications, but coveted editorial space. Thus she began freelancing. The Knight Health program supports Deb's goals: sharing science's benefits and wonder through accessible writing, and working for social justice.

Hyacinth EmpinadoHyacinth Empinado spent her undergraduate years at the University of Florida working in a laboratory by day and shooting television programs by night. After graduating in 2011, she worked in a physiology lab long enough to realize that she was more interested in science journalism than bench research. She's come to HMJ to strengthen her writing and production skills and make that transition.

Aaron HaleAaron Hale is a first-year health and medical journalism student and the senior reporter for UGA's faculty/staff newspaper Columns. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and subsequently worked for The Naples Daily News in Naples, Fla., and The Times, of Gainesville, Ga., before beginning his tenure at UGA.

Andrew LowndesAndrew Lowndes graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, specializing in neurobiology. As a journalist he hopes to make complex principles more accessible by bridging the communication gap between the world of science and the general public.

Jodi MurphyJodi Murphy graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in English and minors in Spanish and environmental law. She grew up in the backwoods of North Central Florida, did volunteer work in Guatemala and emerged passionate about environment issues and global health. She is a contributing writer and former intern at Flagpole magazine in Athens and a former intern at the Mother Nature Network in Atlanta. She spent the past summer as an editorial assistant at Kinfolk Magazine in Portland, OR.

Alicia SmithAlicia Smith graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina in 2012, earning a degree in English/Creative Writing and a minor in business administration. This summer she worked as a production intern at WUGA. There she transcribed video, wrote and researched stories for television and radio, and assisted in producing a daily newscast.

Alyssa Stafford Alyssa Stafford is a first-year graduate student concentrating in Health Media and Communication. She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. A former sales and marketing insurance agent, she is interested in health care reform as well as nutrition and agriculture.

Julianne WyrickJulianne Wyrick graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky with a degree in biochemistry and big dose of curiosity. Since then, she's interned as a science writer for Fermilab, a national particle physics lab, and Alltech, an animal nutrition company. This year she's writing about science for UGA's Office of the Vice President for Research. She also explores the science of food while blogging for Scientific American's Food Matters. Find her on the web at or on Twitter @juliannewyrick.


The Grady Journal

What happens when a medical school opens a new campus within a major state university? What if that state university is the flagship institution for a state in desperate need of more medical professionals?

From the dean down through the first students, from a temporary location into a brand new campus, the new MCG-UGA Medical Partnership will affect all aspects of life in Athens - the students, the faculty, the administration, the hospitals and the residents.

Through a series of documentaries, students in the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Health and Medical Journalism program are exposing what the new school will mean to the community and the state.

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