Rachel Crumpler

North Carolina Health News

Reporter Profile

Rachel Crumpler reports on gender and prison health and health inequities for North Carolina Health News, a nonprofit news service that covers health care in the state. She is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she majored in journalism and minored in history and social and economic justice. As an intern for The Triangle Business Journal, she wrote daily stories about the economy and businesses in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Crumpler also wrote more than 50 stories on events and developments impacting the campus community for her college newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. She was named a 2020-21 Hearst investigative reporting award winner for her data-driven story spotlighting funding cuts at local health departments across North Carolina and the impact it had on Covid responses. Crumpler’s work has appeared in The News and Observer, WRAL, Greensboro News & Record, NC Policy Watch and other publications. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crossing items off her bucket list, such as going skydiving to celebrate her college graduation.

Beat: Gender health, inmate/prison health and other topics

There are racially significant health disparities in maternal and infant mortality, as well as in women’s health outcomes in NC. This RFA corps member explores these complex issues in the state that spawned the “bathroom bill” and is in need of critical coverage of health care in the LGBTQ community. This reporter also covers prison health.