Savannah Tryens-Fernandes

Reporter Profile

Savannah Tryens-Fernandes reports on child wellness and mental health for the Alabama Education Lab, part of, a site devoted to Alabama news and based in Birmingham. Tryens-Fernandes earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2021, where she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and worked on the “Missing Them” project for The City, a nonprofit news site in New York City, documenting the impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable New York communities. Prior to this, Tryens-Fernandes worked at Human Rights Watch, covering xenophobic violence in South Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Villanova University and is fluent in French.

Beat: Child wellness and mental health in Alabama

Alabama ranks 47th out of 50 states when it comes to overall child well-being. This Birmingham-based reporter examines the intersection of mental health and childhood wellness, particularly with students of color.