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Yasmin Bendaas is a Science writer.  A North Carolina native, she received her master’s degree in Science & Medical Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University, where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, Bendaas gained insight into public health when she interned at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a statewide grantmaker focused on rural health, including access to primary care, diabetes, community-centered prevention, and mental health and substance abuse. 

As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for fieldwork in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to look at how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices. 

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Reach NC Voices participates in Teach for America PACE Summit

Teach for America’s 2018 PACE summit buzzed with the energy of young teachers from eastern North Carolina who moved through workshops on...


Roundup Results: What are the most effective ways for citizens to be heard in the policymaking process?

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Roundup Results: Do you think it’s important for the teacher workforce to be as diverse as the student population?

EducationNC recently released a Teaching-in-color series, which included news articles examining teacher diversity (Did you know 80 percent of North Carolina’s teachers...


Roundup Results: If students hold a walkout, who should dictate the consequences?

On March 24, 800,000 people participated in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. The gun control protests,...


NC PTA members sound off on school safety

On Valentine’s Day, 17 high school students and teachers were killed in Parkland, Florida. Since then, students have staged walkouts...


Western NC community college presidents discuss educational and workforce pipeline

Representatives from the North Carolina School for the Deaf, based in Morganton, raised their hands to sign for “applause” after...


STEM teachers learn how to take students from classroom to career

“O-M-G!” said Tasha Martinez, a Duplin County middle school teacher, as Lile Stephens from the Kramden Institute held his hand...