Current Students

Sydney Devine Sydney Devine is a second-year student who graduated from Valdosta State University in May 2014 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in literature. Her love for writing brought her to journalism, and her experience growing up with parents in medical fields sparked in interest in health. She currently holds a graduate assistantship at UGA's Public Affairs News Service, where she works as a research reporter. She also worked as an intern on the WebMD News Team during the summer, after completing her first year as a graduate student. As an HMJ student, Sydney plans to become a more experience writer who is savvy about current health issues.

Aaron HaleAaron Hale is a second-year graduate 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 coming to work at UGA.

Lindsey JohnstonLindsey Johnston is a first-year graduate student aiming for a career that allows her to pursue her love for writing and travel. At UGA, she develops web content and social media campaigns for the Georgia Sea Grant Program. In 2014, she graduated from Clemson University with a B.A in English writing and publication studies and communication studies.

Chris McGeeChris McGee is a first-year graduate student in the HMJ program. In 2014, he graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in film and video, with a minor in English. His experience at an inner-city high school in Atlanta gave him experience mentoring and tutoring disadvantaged Latino youth. This sparked his interest in researching and reporting on social determinants of health in low-income communities.

Sandra McGillSandra McGill is a first-year graduate student and the managing editor of the Aesculapian, UGA's veterinary school alumni magazine. She holds bachelor's degrees in biology (Clayton State University, 2005) and journalism (Georgia State University, 2014). She's done everything from writing proclamations for the Atlanta City Council to injecting nematode worms at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and as an HMJ student she looks forward to honing her health writing and multimedia skills.

Lauren SchumackerLauren Schumacker is a second-year graduate student and aspiring food writer. In 2013, she graduated with a B. S. in occupational science, a minor in history and a certificate in interprofessional education from Saint Louis University. She also holds a certificate in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu (Chicago), which she earned in 2014. While in culinary school she worked for Chicago-based nonprofit Purple Asparagus and is passionate about increasing food literacy and education, particularly in urban environments. Over the summer, she worked at Sauce Magazine, a food and lifestyle publication in St. Louis, primarily reporting on restaurant openings and closings and culinary events in the metro area.

Stewart AnsleyAnsley Stewart is a journalism graduate student concentrating in HMJ. She is especially interested in social, behavioral and biological dimension of addiction and realized this year how much she likes writing about the human brain. She is a professional singer as well as a freelance journalist and she currently works full time for the UGA Music Business Program. Ansley is an Athens native who graduated from Presbyterian College with a B.A. in English.


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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