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Sammy Caiola has been covering health care in California for the last seven years. Before joining CapRadio in 2017, Sammy was a health reporter at The Sacramento Bee. She has degrees in journalism and gender studies from Northwestern University.
Over time, Sammy has developed an interest in trauma and its impact on mental and physical wellbeing. Her major projects have explored Black child mortality, suicide in rural towns, health care for undocumented Californians and the aftermath of sexual assault. She was part of a National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning project about aging, and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for her breaking news coverage of the 2020 racial justice demonstrations.
Sammy is an amateur musical theatre performer and an avid hiker. She hails from Long Island, New York.
‘Deeply Destroyed My Sense of Safety’: Sexual Assault Survivors Say Police Interactions Often A Second Trauma
June 21, 2021
Few sexual assault cases end in criminal charges or even arrests. The law enforcement process can cause survivors further trauma, but there are steps agencies can take to reduce harm.
June 15, 2021
A lot changes on June 15, when California officially reopens. Here's a look at the new rules for businesses and individuals, and what things are staying the same for now.
June 9, 2021
Homeless encampments have largely been able to remain in place during the COVID-19 pandemic under a special public health order. When it expires June 15, unhoused individuals are worried they’ll lose access to services.
June 7, 2021
The city of Sacramento is partnering with nonprofits on a federally funded project that could bring community kitchens, retail spaces and cafes to neighborhoods outside the downtown area.
California Child Mental Health Advocates Say Demand For Care Is Up During the Pandemic, But Services Are Lacking
June 1, 2021
Advocates say there’s a need for more investment in mental health treatment for California children, especially given stresses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services could get a boost in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most recent budget proposal.
May 10, 2021
While many people may be excited about returning to in-person social interactions post-pandemic, therapists say others are experiencing fear, obsessive behavior and uncertainty about going out again.
April 29, 2021
Californians who support a single payer health care system say it’s time for Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep his campaign promises and take steps toward making the model a reality.
As Law Enforcement Laud Derek Chauvin Conviction, Others Warn Against Complacency, Urge Police Reform
April 21, 2021
While many Sacramento and California law enforcement agencies have publicly supported the jury’s decision, some are unsure how it may affect policing going forward.
April 20, 2021
Some Sacramentans may be experiencing stress and anxiety around news of Derek Chauvin’s trial verdict. We’ve put together a list of mental health resources.
April 16, 2021
Sacramento performance venues say new state guidelines on live productions don’t make it financially feasible to open their doors.