- Trip: Fellows Spring 2011
- Affiliation during program: Freelance journalist
- Country: Uganda
- Year: 2011
Jill Braden Balderas is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist focusing on global health, medicine and international development. As a multimedia reporter/producer, she has covered these issues on six continents across all mediums, including in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and PRI’s “The World.” Balderas is currently on leave from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where for the past eight years, she has served as managing editor of several news and information publications focusing on domestic and global health policy issues. While at Reuters, Balderas covered everything from cloning to the U.S. anthrax attacks and won a Unity Award for her television broadcast coverage of diabetes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Before joining Reuters, she freelanced for Health24News and various national and international radio stations covering the 2000 U.S. elections. During this time, she wrote a special series on health in then-war-torn Sudan as well as HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Balderas was also a reporter and editor for National Journal’s The Hotline and Politics Daily publications and a political analyst for MSNBC. Balderas has undergraduate degrees in Spanish and psychology from The University of Georgia and a master of public health in epidemiology from The George Washington University.
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