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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 2020 cohort, NCI and AHCJ hosted a virtual version of the fellowship from January 12–14, 2021. 

The 2020 fellowship class included:

Marcus Banks, independent journalist, New York
Karen Bannan, contributor, Cancer Today, Massapequa, N.Y.
Katie Brandt, assistant editor, Chicago Health Magazine, Chicago
Elizabeth Cooney, reporter, Stat, Boston
Ellen Eldridge, health care reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta
Sherree Geyer, contributor, Pain Medicine News, Phoenix
Caroline Hopkins, biopharma reporter, Precision Oncology News, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Cierra Johnson, reporter/fill-in anchor, KNTV-San Jose, Calif.
Kakoli Mukherjee, senior reporter, The New Indian Express, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Maggie O'Neill, assistant editor, Health Digital, New York
Melissa Patrick, reporter, Kentucky Health News, Lexington, Ky.
Cheryl Platzman Weinstock, independent journalist, Weston, Conn.

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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