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Linda Villarosa ’13 has long been a compelling national voice about how Black Americans suffer persistent racial inequities in their health and health care.
On September 15, Villarosa, director of the journalism program at CUNY’s City College of New York and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, will be interviewed by Solutions Journalism Network CEO David Bornstein about how she reports and writes her stories.
Villarosa’s 2018 New York Times Magazine cover story on black maternal and infant mortality was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in public interest. In a July cover story, “The Refinery Next Door,” she detailed how African Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste, focusing on a South Philadelphia neighborhood experiencing soaring rates of cancer.
In April, Villarosa dug deep into the “terrible price” paid by New Orleans’ Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club — a brotherhood of about 800 men, mostly Black — known for community service, civic pride, and black excellence. Renowned for their exuberant celebrations in the city’s annual Mardi Gras parade, the Zulu Club was hit hard by the novel coronavirus, transforming a once-joyous fete by the group and the city into a source of infection, death, and recrimination.