Cycle 2 Fellow
Deborah L. Shelton says “my mission is to look out for the Little Guy (and Gal), which is why I was drawn to journalism.” Through her work, she aims to identify solutions to social problems in order to inform, educate and inspire change. For most of Deborah’s career, she covered health, science and medicine, writing about policy, prevention and treatment. Her reporting today focuses on the intersection of health and other social issues – including education, criminal justice and public safety – with a focus on race and poverty. Deborah’s career spans print and broadcast news: the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, NBC, CBS and American Medical News, covering health issues for physicians. While at the Post-Dispatch, she completed a yearlong Kaiser Foundation fellowship that resulted in a multi-award-winning newspaper series and an award-winning CNN documentary that she co-reported and co-produced. Deborah later wrote about social justice issues on the paper’s editorial board. Her awards include a first-place award for enterprise reporting from the Illinois Press Association in 2012 (with Jason Grotto); two Chicago Tribune Beck Awards for outstanding performance, in 2009 and 2010; and a National Headliner Award for Public Service Reporting in 2006.
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