Rose Hoban is the health reporter for North Carolina Public Radio–WUNC, based in Durham. She's been there since 2005. She covers health care, state health policy, science and research with a focus on public health issues. Hoban took a circuitous route into journalism—after a decade of practicing nursing, she put down her stethoscope, picked up a microphone and enrolled at UC Berkeley's journalism school. While at Berkeley, she also earned a master's in public health policy. She was the first Berkeley student to combine these two disciplines, and subsequently helped design a new program. Hoban's work has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous awards, including the broadcast journalism's highest award—the Columbia-DuPont, a Gracie Award, an Edward R Morrow award, and a Society for Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award. Hoban has also aired stories on PRI's The World, NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and News and Notes, Living on Earth, the California Report and KQED FM news. She's also published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and the Anchorage Daily News. She spent three years as a weekly freelance contributor to Voice of America radio news, where she wrote about research and international public health issues.
Listen to Rose Hoban's Fund-supported series on people with mental health disorders in North Carolina.