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April Dembosky, Health Correspondent, NPR, KQED Public Radio

April Dembosky is the health correspondent for the NPR station in San Francisco, KQED Public Radio, where her stories air locally, statewide and nationally. She specializes in covering altered states of mind, from postpartum depression to methamphetamine-induced psychosis to schizophrenia. Her investigative series about insurance companies sidestepping mental health laws won multiple awards, including first place in beat reporting from the national Association of Health Care Journalists. She is the recipient of numerous other prizes and fellowships, including a national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, multiple Society of Professional Journalists awards for long-form storytelling, investigative reporting, and science reporting, and a Carter Center Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

Dembosky reported and produced Soundtrack of Silence, an audio documentary about music and memory that is currently being made into a feature film by Paramount Pictures, produced by Channing Tatum, screenplay by Jamie Linden.

Before joining KQED in 2013, Dembosky was a staff writer covering technology and Silicon Valley for The Financial Times of London, and before that, she contributed business and arts stories to The New York Times and Marketplace. She got her undergraduate degree in philosophy and French studies from Smith College and her master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a classically trained violinist and proud alum of the first symphony orchestra at Burning Man.