In 2016 when Melissa Evans, Comm ’13, was working as a health reporter for the Texas Tribune, she was asked to staff the state legislative session.
Evans was eager to hear top leaders respond to a report that had recently come out about poor maternal healthcare in Texas. According to the report, pregnant women and new mothers were dying at an alarming rate, but leaders failed to address this issue that night.
Evans was committed to shedding light on this problem — so she launched a reporting project to uncover the many ways in which poverty, race, health economics and politics leave many Texas women at a disadvantage.
Read more about Evan’s research and her passion for social justice.