Steph Whiteside

Reporter - Health+Harvest

Steph is new to the midwest. Originally from North Carolina, Steph has previously lived in Washington DC and Northern California, where she reported on a wide variety of issues including health, politics, and women’s issues. She also has a background in social media and audience engagement.

She previously worked for AJ+ and Current TV.

Steph reports on health and environment out of WSIU in Carbondale as part of the Illinois Newsroom regional journalism collaborative.

 

Rape and sexual assault are issues that have dominated the headlines recently. The response to those stories - whether they are about Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby, or #MeToo - reveals a divide among Americans on what to do when someone says they’ve been assaulted.

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Recently, we received a question from Mark Porter, who wanted to know more about the state of state parks in Illinois. Mark asked:

“What is the governor doing to protect our natural resources in Illinois and what is being done to support the State Parks and county forest preserves?”

In an email, Mark noted that he is hoping to see an increase in funding and land for parks.

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There is some good news in the fight against opioid abuse in Illinois. Doctors prescribed fewer opioids to patients in 2017 than 2016, according to numbers from the statewide prescription monitoring program. The database can’t track illegal narcotic use, but the drop in prescriptions is still widely seen as a good sign as the majority of heroin users say their first experience with opioids came from a prescription drug.

Like many states, Illinois is battling an opioid epidemic. Loran Owens, who lives in Franklin county in Southern Illinois, knows what the epidemic is like first-hand.

 

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A Chicago appellate judge is on President Trump’s short list of Supreme Court nominees. But who is Amy Coney Barrett?

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Illinois is on track to expand the number of physician assistants allowed to treat patients, especially in many rural areas.