Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship
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..
2014 Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship Winner - Erika Beras, WESA-FM
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Erika Beras is the Behavioral Health reporter at WESA, the public radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her voice and stories can be heard on NPR programs and she is a regular contributor to Scientific American’s 60-Second Podcasts. In 2013, she was a National Health Journalism Fellow where she reported on refugee issues and in 2012 she was a Fellow at The International Center for Journalists where she traveled to Poland to report on the Natural Gas Industry. Before going into broadcasting, Erika worked as a reporter at The Miami Herald and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has won awards for her work including the Rolling Stone Award for College Journalism and awards from The Associated Press. Originally from New York City, Erika is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a graduate of Purchase College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
"I am so honored and excited to receive the Minnotte Award! I became a journalist to report on under-covered communities and issues and I’ve found that health care is an ideal vehicle in which to do that," Beras said. "This award will allow me to continue doing this work."
For a complete list of scholarship and fellowship winners update as they are announced, visit our 2014 scholarship winners page.