Sunday, January 16, 2022

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A new survey shows discrimination in medical settings affects quality of care; U.S. Supreme Court rejects vaccine and testing mandates for businesses; and New York moves toward electric school buses.

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U.S. House passes a new voting rights bill, setting up a Senate showdown; President Biden announces expanded COVID testing, and Jan. 6 Committee requests an interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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New website profiles missing and murdered Native Americans; more support for young, rural Minnesotans who've traded sex for food, shelter, drugs or alcohol; more communities step up to solve "period poverty;" and find your local gardener - Jan. 29 is National Seed Swap Day.

Diane Bernard

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Diane Bernard is a digital and radio journalist based in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area with more than 10 years of journalism experience. Her print and online credits include work for The Washington Post, where she is a regular contributor to the Retropolis history section, and the Wilmington StarNews. Her radio credits include work for the Tavis Smiley radio show, and she spent a summer reporting at a Douala, Cameroon, radio station. Diane likes producing stories that focus on underserved communities and historical issues. Before entering journalism, she worked as a researcher for documentary films in Boston and New York.


Languages Spoken: English

Topic Expertise: History, politics, culture, environment, government, health

Local Expertise: Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Wilmington, North Carolina, Boston, New York

Location: Silver Spring, MD

Demographic Expertise: Communities of color, urban, rural, youth

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Latest Work

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As Repayments Loom, Some Gain Student-Loan Forgiveness

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Pregnant in Prison: MD Legislation Proposes Alternatives

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MD Bill Would Boost Support for Incarcerated Parents

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New MD Law, Biden Plan Cut Health-Insurance Costs

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Mental Health First-Aid Training Offered for Rural Virginians

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Maternal Health a Priority in New Virginia State Rural Health Plan

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's State Rural Health Plan was approved this week, after months of meetings with community members and analyzing data to …


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