Jennifer Chaussee


Berkeley, CA

Jennifer Chaussee

Narrative and visual journalism


California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

(Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools. Kashkari's proposal would waive tuition for students pursuing a four-year degree in any science, technology, electronics, or math subject in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings after graduation.
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Oakland nonprofit combines music, life learning

Music producers, DJs and vocalists make up the Oakland-based nonprofit Today’s Future Sound, which teaches music production to students in K-12 schools around the bay and beyond. In its infancy, TFS was a natural convergence of Elliot Gann’s training as a clinical psychologist and his love of hip-hop.

Taking a shot: An orphan drug trial that drew an international crowd of patients nears its end

For starters, the mere idea that there would be a treatment for Morquio defied convention. The disease is so rare – health experts estimate it occurs in just one of every 200,000 births – there was little motivation for pharmaceutical companies to conduct the expensive research and testing needed to develop a new drug.

Food stamp cuts mean a nearly $6 million loss for Oakland’s poor

Despite an increased demand for food assistance in Oakland and other cities across the US, food stamp benefits have been cut as the federal economic stimulus came to an end this month, marking the end of a four-year period that brought additional funding to social welfare programs. Marcshea White, an East Oakland resident who became permanently disabled with two herniated discs in her back, and her family are just one of the 30,000 households in Oakland that receive benefits from CalFresh, the state’s food stamp program, each month.

Oakland 3D printing company takes production industry by storm

Nearly a century ago, the warehouse on Jefferson and 4 th Street in Oakland was a brass foundry. Back then, workers melted scrap metals to create the amber alloy that was a staple in the manufacturing of products from industrial tools to the trumpets like those that brought Louis Armstrong’s music to life.

Prison health care contract cloaked in secrecy

Hundreds of millions of dollars are involved in a new state contract for prison health care, but there’s no telling now exactly much money California is spending under the agreement, which takes effect in just weeks. Even lawmakers are kept in the dark. Some details will be released after a year has passed, she noted.

Prison healthcare contract turned over to auditor

Clark Kelso, California’s federally appointed prison health-care receiver, has turned over a controversial health-care contract with Health Net to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and State Auditor Elaine Howle. Committee Chairman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said the panel would review the contract — which remains confidential, in part because of exemptions under the Public Records Act — and release a review of its findings.

Eat Real Festival celebrates food and music at Jack London Square

Food makers and food lovers converged at Jack London Square September 27-29 for three days of music, drinks and cuisine at the Eat Real Festival . Musicians like the Afrobeat collective Jambalaya and the neo-soul performers MAD NOISE gave crowd-moving performances on the festival’s main waterfront stage.

Demand for food bank and food stamp programs on the rise in Oakland

Demand for assistance from the local food bank and the state’s food stamp program CalFresh has continued to climb in Oakland and throughout Alameda County long after the great recession of 2008 has officially ended. This data suggests recovery hasn’t yet arrived for people living without food security.

Problems many, solutions few in long-awaited Delta report

A newly released plan, the first step in protecting and exploiting the water resources within the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, paints a bleak picture of the heart of California’s water system. The long-awaited study was issued by the Delta Stewardship Council, a state agency charged with adopting an official policy for the next nine decades targeting the environmentally endangered Delta and the Suisun Marsh.

Spirit of Halloween brings play and laughter to Children’s Hospital

Arielle Colter, one-and-a-half-years old, had just finished her second round of chemotherapy before toddling into the playroom on the 5 th floor of the Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. When her mother and father, Cynthia Londo and Cole Colter, brought her here from Modesto this past August, Arielle was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops in the nerve tissues, most commonly in infants and children.

State tries to find more food stamp takers

With the state facing a $15.4 billion budget shortfall, social programs across California are cutting costs by limiting eligibility. So why are state lawmakers voting to enroll more people in CalFresh, the state’s food stamp program, if there’s not enough money to go around? Lawmakers say an expanded food stamp program may actually help improve the economy at no cost to the state’s ailing general fund — though taxpayers in California and elsewhere will continue to foot the bill for the federally funded program. Link to Story


Jennifer Chaussee

Jennifer Chaussee is a narrative journalist and photographer. She covers health and food systems from the SF Bay Area and has written for, California Health Report, Capitol Weekly, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the OC Register.

Jennifer loves to travel and is interested in narrative, investigative stories with a global perspective.



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