People

  • Community Engagement Specialist

    Brittani plans events and makes connections for the Side Effects team. She graduated from Mercer University. Prior to WFYI, she was a lifestyle reporter and editor in southern Georgia and the education reporter for the Herald-Times in...

  • Reporter, Side Effects Public Media

    Carter is a reporter based at WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana. A long-time Hoosier, she is thrilled to stay in her hometown to cover public health. Previously, she covered education for WFYI News with a focus on school safety. Carter graduated...

  • Reporter, Illinois Newsroom

    Christine Herman is a Ph.D. chemist turned audio journalist who covers health for the Illinois Newsroom and Side Effects Public Media. Her work has aired on national broadcasts including Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Here & Now...

  • Reporter, Side Effects Public Media

    Darian Benson is a reporter based at WFYI in Indianapolis. An Indy native, she is eager to report on public health in her hometown. Darian graduated with a journalism degree from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis. Previously,...

  • Managing Editor, Side Effects Public Media

    Dave is the former Senior Director of News & Public Affairs at WBFO/WNED in Buffalo and previously was Managing Editor of Great Lakes Today, a public radio collaboration. Before moving to public broadcasting, he was The Baltimore Sun's...

  • Reporter, Side Effects Public Media- WFYI, The Indianapolis Recorder

    Hilary Powell is an AP award-winning journalist. She is a health equity reporter for Side Effects, covering how health disparities impact Black and brown Hoosiers for WFYI and The Indianapolis Recorder. She’s also served as the first Video...

  • Project Manager, Side Effects Public Media

    Holly Edgell is project manager for Side Effects Public Media. She joined the team in July 2020 after leading a four-station radio collaborative on race, identity and culture called Sharing...

  • Reporter, WFYI

    Jake Harper started his job at Side Effects shortly before the 2015 announcement of an HIV outbreak in southern Indiana, and since then has focused his reporting on addiction, Medicaid and access to health care. His investigations have covered...

  • Reporter, Side Effects Public Media

    John Boyle is a reporter for WFPL, Louisville's NPR station. He previously spent three years covering Southern Indiana at a local newspaper before transitioning to radio, and has since made appearances on Here & Now and BBC Radio. Prior to...

  • Reporter, Side Effects Public Media

    Lauren a reporter based at WFYI in Indianapolis and the co-host of Sick, a podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Lauren graduated from Towson University in Baltimore,...

  • Reporter, Iowa Public Radio

    Natalie Krebs is the health reporter for Iowa Public Radio in Des Moines. She previously worked as an independent producer in west Texas where she covered issues related to the environment, immigration and health care. She has a master’s degree...

  • Reporter, WOSU

    Paige Pfleger is a reporter for WOSU, Central Ohio's NPR station. Before joining the staff of WOSU, Paige worked in the newsrooms of NPR, Vox, Michigan Radio, WHYY and The Tennessean. She spent three years in Philadelphia covering health,...

  • Reporter, WNIN

    Paola Nicole Marizan covers local news and culture for WNIN. She created Que Pasa, Midwest, the station’s first bilingual radio podcast, designed to keep the Latino community informed about local news and events. 

  • Reporter, KBIA

    Sebastián Martínez Valdivia is a health reporter and documentary filmmaker who focuses on access to care in rural and immigrant communities. A native Spanish speaker and lifelong Missouri resident, Sebastián is interested in the often...

  • Reporter, WSIU

    Steph Whiteside is a health and environment reporter with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV. In her free time, she likes to knit and try to relive the ‘90s through music.