Michell (yes, no ‘e’) covers health and health care policy for WABE, with an emphasis on investigative reporting. She’s also a member of NPR and Kaiser Health News’ team of reporters covering health care in the states. Prior to covering health, Michell worked as a general assignment reporter for WABE, covering state and local politics, education issues, courts and everything in between.
An Illinois-native, Michell comes to WABE and the Atlanta area from Chicago, where she spent three years working and interning in the Windy City’s media scene. She got her first taste of covering public affairs and breaking news as an intern at WBEZ, where her reporting ended a years-long bid by Chicago City Hall and the police department to build an outdoor gun range on the city’s south side. She then spent a year copy editing and writing feature stories for the Chicago Tribune before deciding to return to public radio.
Michell’s work has been published by NPR, Kaiser Health News, Marketplace, Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, Chicago magazine and Paste magazine. She received a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.