This award was created to honor former news director and Medstar executive Jacque Minnotte, who died in 1993. This fellowship recognizes excellence in health or medical television and radio reporting. RTDNF will award a $2,000 cash fellowship to a journalist in radio and television with fewer than 10 years of experience..
2015 Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship Winner - Veronica Zaragovia, KUT Radio, Columbia University
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Veronica Zaragovia is a freelance public radio reporter who most recently covered state government and health care for KUT, the NPR member station in Austin, Texas. She's reported as a legislative relief newsperson with the Associated Press in South Dakota and has contributed reporting to NPR, PRI's The World, Here & Now, Latino USA, The Takeaway, the Agence France Presse, TIME in Hong Kong and PBS NewsHour, among others. She has two degrees from Columbia University, and a passion for learning languages and traveling.
As the public radio community makes concerted efforts to diversify the voices on air, I feel so motivated and determined to continue my work as a Latina covering health care because of the Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship, whose aims are so important to me. This recognition of my work enables me to continue seeking compelling public radio stories to tell about health care policy and innovation in medicine, while making sure to also include diverse voices in my own stories.