Boise State Public Radio Reporter Selected for National Fellowship

Boise State Public Radio is thrilled to announce Rachel Cohen as 2022-2023 National Science-Health-Environment Fellow (SHERF).

Started in 2021, the fellowships are a collaboration of the Association of Health Journalists (AHCJ), the Council for the Advancement of Scientific Writing (ACTS) and the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ). Cohen is one of 12 journalists selected for this year’s cohort.

The program is designed to support early-career journalists pursuing science, health or environmental reporting by providing intensive training, mentoring and networking opportunities while maintaining their regular employment. .

“I am very excited about the many learning opportunities this scholarship will provide and to deepen my understanding of health and environmental issues that are important to people in Idaho,” Cohen said.

She originally joined the Boise State Public Radio News team in 2019 as a Report for America Fellow. Since then, his reporting has won numerous awards and accolades, both locally and nationally. Last year, Cohen won best reporting at the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition for her story about a Boise nurse who wrote a poem after a particularly trying night during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Rachel has done outstanding reporting on health care and this fellowship will expand and elevate her reporting,” said Sáša Woodruff, news director for Boise State Public Radio. “We are delighted that she has been chosen for this opportunity.”

Funded by the Department of Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the SHERF Fellowship offers a curriculum in basic science, interpretation of medical studies, data analysis, explanatory evidence-based decisions, understanding climate science and more.

“Today’s science, health or environmental journalist must be able to cover all of these topics well and understand how they intersect with a multitude of social, cultural and political issues,” said Rosalind Reid, Executive Director of ACTS. “This group of extraordinarily accomplished and diverse Fellows will gain important skills, knowledge, and connections to cover critical issues for regional and national audiences.”

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