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Sammy Caiola has been covering medical breakthroughs, fitness fads and health policy in California since 2014. Before joining CapRadio, Sammy was a health reporter at The Sacramento Bee. She has degrees in journalism and gender studies from Northwestern University.
In 2015 Sammy completed a data fellowship at the University of Southern California, which led to a three-part series on black child death in Sacramento County. She has also reported extensively on autism spectrum disorder, reproductive health care, LGBT health, and conjoined twinning.
Sammy is a ZUMBA instructor and an avid hiker. She hails from Long Island, New York, but much prefers the fine wine and stunning scenery of the West coast. In her spare time, she plays with her black Labrador, Pepper, and performs in local community theatre productions.
December 2, 2019
A CapRadio listener asked if it's helpful to give cash to people asking on the street. As part of our “Great Question!” series, we talked to local homeless individuals and advocates about what you should (or shouldn't) do.
November 26, 2019
This election cycle, a handful of Democratic presidential candidates are talking about disability issues. This is an unprecedented amount of attention, and it’s motivating voters with disabilities to get politically active, California advocates say.
With Cannabis Legal In California, Some Cities And Health Groups (And Neighbors) Are Asking Questions About Secondhand Smoke
November 20, 2019
There’s limited research on the long-term effects of secondhand marijuana smoke, but some advocates want to see more health warnings as public cannabis use becomes more common.
Sutter Health Pays $30 Million To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit After Allegedly Paying Doctors For Patient Referrals
November 15, 2019
The 2014 suit alleges Sutter Health illegally paid a Sacramento cardiovascular group in exchange for physicians referring patients to its hospitals. The health system settled the suit for more than $30 million.
How Much Cannabis Do Californians Use? Researchers Want To Ask In Order To Set Safe Pesticide Limits.
November 11, 2019
State pesticide officials are trying to get an average measure of how much cannabis Californians use, so they can better determine safe levels of chemicals for farmers growing the crop.
Broadway Sacramento Ends Partnership With Dignity Health After Public Criticism Of Its Transgender Health Policies
November 9, 2019
Dignity Health was set to take over naming rights of the Wells Fargo Pavilion in downtown Sacramento, but some theatregoers criticized the sponsorship after learning about a transgender discrimination lawsuit against the health system.
November 6, 2019
California’s wildfire seasons take a physical and emotional toll on first responders, and mental health experts say their family members and loved ones can experience similar signs and symptoms.
Californians Will Be Turning Their Clocks Back This Fall Despite Voting Last Year To Explore Alternatives
November 1, 2019
Californians are turning their clocks back with the rest of the country this weekend, despite approving a ballot measure to potentially eliminate the twice-yearly shift between standard time and daylight saving time.
As Some Millennials Look To Live The 'Van Life,' These Companies Are Filling The Niche For Custom Rides
November 1, 2019
Some millennials are moving into vans to dodge high rent and mortgage costs. Many are looking for custom-built vehicles, and experts say the outfitting industry is on the rise.
October 31, 2019
Dignity Health is facing a lawsuit from a transgender patient who said he was unfairly denied a hysterectomy. Some patrons of Broadway Sacramento are decrying the production company’s choice to partner with the health system.