I-News awarded major grant for health reporting project

The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded a three-year, $425,000 grant to the I-News Network in support of in-depth, data-based journalism on key health and medical care issues facing Colorado.colorado-health-foundation-logo

The grant will be used to cover operating expenses of the I-News Health Reporting Project, including a full-time editor and a reporter skilled in data analysis and in-depth multimedia journalism.

“I-News is dedicated to helping millions of Coloradans have access to journalism that illuminates serious issues and inspires people to fix problems,” said I-News executive director Laura Frank. “So many of the most urgent and complex issues facing our state today are related to health. I’m confident this grant will lead to journalism that makes a difference.”

“The in-depth news stories produced by I-News serve as an important information source for Coloradans about health topics,” said Kelly Dunkin, vice president for philanthropy at the Colorado Health Foundation. “We believe such information and education are vital to personal and public health and, ultimately, to making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.”

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About Laura Frank

Laura Frank is the executive director of I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network. Laura is a Denver native who spent 20 years at newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in in-depth reporting that requires data analysis and deep public records research. She has trained hundreds of journalists for more than a dozen media organizations, including the nation’s largest newspaper company (Gannett). Her work has been recognized in both broadcast and print, including a regional Emmy for documentary production in 1990 and as a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 at the Rocky Mountain News.

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