Jake Harper is a health journalist with WFYI in Indianapolis. After getting out of the Peace Corps, he got his start with a data journalism fellowship at the Sunlight Foundation. He discovered his love for making radio at a community station in Madison, Wisconsin and soon after began an internship with NPR’s State of the Re:Union. Jake’s work received a 1st place award from the Milwaukee Press Club and was a finalist in KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race.
Project description: Jake’s series—Getting Right An HIV Outbreak Spurs Change In Austin, Indiana: Last Shot: An addict wakes up, The Other Side: A cop struggles to save his neighbors from drugs, Mission Driven: A nurse finds her calling and Standing Up: Showing Kids Another Way—highlights a change in perspective among community members, including the sheriff and a health care worker, to support a new program that encourages those suffering from addiction to use clean needles to prevent infection, without fear of prosecution, as well as seek medical treatment.