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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.

NCI hosted the most recent group of fellows November 13-16, 2018.

The 2018 fellowship class included:

  • Jessie Bekker, health care reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Ryan Cross, assistant editor, Chemical & Engineering News
  • Yen Duong, reporter, North Carolina Health News
  • Jessica Glenza, health reporter, The Guardian
  • Liz Highleyman, editor in chief, Cancer Health
  • Mikayla Mace, science and higher education reporter, Arizona Daily Star
  • Heather Mongilio, reporter, The Frederick (Md.) News-Post
  • Roxanne Nelson, independent journalist, Bellingham, Wash.
  • Sarah Owermohle, health care reporter, Politico
  • Ned Pagliarulo, senior editor, BioPharma Dive
  • Xiaoqing Rong, reporter, Sing Tao Daily
  • Kate Yandell, digital editor, Cancer Today

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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