Priscilla Totiyapungprasert reports on local health issues for El Paso Matters, a nonprofit news outlet based in El Paso, Texas. Previously, she covered food culture and dining in Phoenix for The Arizona Republic, including reporting on immigrant communities, the restaurant industry, school nutrition and labor abuse. Totiyapungprasert started at The Arizona Republic as an environment fellow, analyzing the disparity in neighborhood air quality and reporting on the health impact of Phoenix air pollution. Holding a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, she has worked in Germany and Malta.
Beat: Poor health in El Paso/Editing
El Paso has one of the highest rates of unisured residents in the country. Poverty, lack of access to health care and healthy food, and other challenges have created widespread chronic diseases. This bilingual reporter focuses on these challenges and possible solutions. Additionally, part of the time spent on this beat is devoted to editing other reporters' stories.