Rose Wong

Tampa Bay Times

Reporter Profile

Rose Wong covers health care and mental health for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. She interned for the paper in 2020, where she reported on breaking news, COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes and the pandemic’s impact on service workers. As a cancer survivor, Wong has seen firsthand the complexities of life as a patient in the American health care system, thereby developing an interest in contributing clarity and justice through health journalism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University, where she was senior editor of The Chronicle, the student-run media organization. Her investigative series exposing a pattern of misdiagnoses and inadequate care within Duke Student Health earned her the Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism’s top honor, and her reporting became part of a national college health story published by The Washington Post. Home for Wong is Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Beat: Health care and mental health in Tampa Bay region

The Report for America Corps member covers health care with a secondary focus on mental health. The latter is an area that crosses into multiple beats, but is not anyone's focus. The reporter covers underserved communities, doctors, Medicare, emerging medical advancements and more fallout from the coronavirus.