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Jake Harper

Investigative 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 medical industry influence in state and national government, a clinical trial that skirted federal regulations and various barriers to evidence-based addiction treatment. His stories have been broadcast at stations across the Midwest and nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Latino USA and Here & Now. Harper also co-hosts the podcast, Sick, with Lauren Bavis. Visit for more information. He can be reached at