Morris earns national health fellowship

MORRIS

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Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Daily Journal’s Michaela Gibson Morris has earned a national reporting fellowship on health care performance.

The annual fellowship, awarded by the Association of Health Care Journalists and supported by the Commonwealth Fund, was given to five journalists nationwide.

It’s designed to help journalists better understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system as a whole. It includes a series of seminars, financial support for a reporting project and a cash award.

Morris’ fellowship work will focus on the status of the primary care infrastructure in Northeast Mississippi and what it will take to bolster and maintain it in the future, especially in rural Mississippi. It will include a series of articles to be published in the Daily Journal in 2014.

Morris, a graduate of Drake University, joined the Daily Journal staff in 1996. She has covered several topical areas for the Journal, including education, law enforcement and local government, and has been the Journal’s primary reporter on health care since 2000.

“This fellowship is a significant recognition of Michaela’s professionalism and expertise, an honor for her and ultimately a major benefit to readers of the Daily Journal,” said Lloyd Gray, Journal executive editor.

In addition to Morris, four other fellows were announced this week. They include:

• Karen Brown, a reporter and producer at New England Public Radio.

• David Pittman, Washington correspondent for MedPage Today.

• Sarah Gantz, staff writer at the Baltimore Business Journal.

• Lola J. Butcher, independent journalist in Springfield, Mo.