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National Cancer Reporting Fellowships

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) teams up with the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) to present the National Cancer Reporting Fellowships.

This fellowship program aims to help reporters, editors and producers increase their understanding of the scientific process and scientific research, improve their ability to interpret and accurately report on complex scientific findings, and provide insight into the work of cancer researchers.

Each year, approximately ten to fifteen journalists, selected by AHCJ from dozens of qualified applicants, spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where fellows have a chance to hear presentations from NCI researchers and other experts on important topics such as immunotherapy, the Cancer Moonshot, cancer statistics, cancer screening and guidelines, and clinical trials among others and also have an opportunity to tour cancer research laboratories.

For the 2021 cohort, NCI and AHCJ hosted a virtual version of the fellowship from February 1–3, 2022. 

The 2021 fellowship class included:

  • Penny Dickerson, Miami Times, Florida
  • Sharon Donovan, freelance journalist, Lousiana
  • Rosa Furneaux, Bureau of Investigative Journalism, United Kingdom
  • Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press, Washington
  • Alison Kanski, Precision Oncology, Washington
  • Alla Katsnelson, independent science journalist, Massachusetts
  • Rakiya Muhammad, independent journalist, Nigeria
  • Kari Oakes, AgencyIQ, Wisconsin
  • Howard Wolinsky, freelance medical journalist, Ilinois
  • Kerry Dooley Young, independent journalist, Washington, D.C

Learn more about the program and how to apply.

If you have any questions about this fellowship, please contact the NCI Media Relations Branch at

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