The Pulitzer Center
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an award-winning non-profit organization that supports reporters cover topics commonly left in the dark. In collaboration with Elon University's School of Communications I was chosen to take part in the center's Campus Consortium Reporting Fellowships. After having my pitch approved, I spent the month of January 2020 reporting for my project "The Resurgence of Leprosy in Brazil."
In the past, Elon Fellows have covered topics such as gender roles in Rwanda, prison de-radicalization in London, the decline of Catholicism in Ireland and the global demand for coffee from Guatemala.
My story investigating the resurgence of leprosy in Brazil will be published on The Pulitzer Center's website in mid-April 2020.
To supplement the reporting for my main story, I filed field notes covering aspects of the leprosy situation in Brazil
Developing a defense: Unchanged treatments pave way for drug resistance in former leprosy colonies
PRATA, Brazil — The leprosy colony in Prata was built to be difficult to find and even harder to leave. Decades after the government outlawed the isolation of patients, the former-colony — now known as Vila de Santo Antônio do Prata — remains just as remote and out of reach...
An elusive threat: Experts strategize ways to modernize leprosy detection and tracking in Brazil
BELÉM, Brazil — The whir of the projector cut through the steady pitter-patter of rain outside. The lights had been dimmed and all the shades drawn so nothing would compete with the presentation. It worked. The title slide was immaculately clear, “Leprosy Brainstorming: The Laboratory of Dermatology Immunology...”
My best photos from my month in Brazil will be available in February 2020.