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Christine Herman

Freelance editor

Illinois Public Media

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Professional Bio

Christine Herman is a freelance editor and reporter, specializing in audio and digital journalism. She has more than a decade of experience covering issues such as mental health, access to health care, and science for both broadcast and digital audiences, and has served on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists since 2021.

In 2023, Christine received a national Media Award from Mental Health America for a story produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity. Her reporting illuminated a heartbreaking issue, showing how a lack of access to comprehensive children’s mental health services literally tears families apart. The solutions-focused piece served as the flagship story for the Carter Center Mental Health Parity Collaborative in its inaugural year.

Christine is the former managing editor of Side Effects Public Media, a regional health reporting collaboration based at WFYI in Indianapolis and involving NPR stations across the Midwest. She began her health reporting career at Illinois Public Media, where she reported extensively on children's mental health, access to health care for vulnerable populations and other public health issues, reaching national audiences as a contributor to NPR and KFF Health News.

Christine is a 2018-19 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellow. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry and master's in journalism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

If your newsroom has freelance audio/digital editing needs, you can reach Christine at: c.toh.herman [at] gmail [dot] com​


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Digital, Editor, Host, Producer, Reporter