Photo by  Meera Subramanian .

Lauren M. Whaley 

I am a photographer, radio producer and print reporter specializing in topics related to mental illness, reproductive health care and health disparities. I am also a childbirth photographer.

This year, I am working on a series about how low-income parents access care for perinatal mental illnesses. The project is funded by the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.

I was a 2016-17 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

My work has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) STEM story project. I have contributed radio, video, photography and written stories to KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and other media outlets. For six years, I worked as the Center for Health Reporting's multimedia journalist, based in Los Angeles. I am a past president of the national organization  Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and spent my early 20s leading canoe expeditions for young women, including a solo-led 45-trip in the Canadian Arctic.