Jaclyn Cosgrove is an assistant editor at the Los Angeles Times. In 2022, they will manage a yearlong initiative that will explore a variety of issues around mental health – medical, structural, personal, societal and definitional. In previous roles, Cosgrove covered breaking news, county government and just about every natural disaster possible, in part thanks to their prior jobs in Oklahoma. Before joining The Times in 2017, they worked as the health reporter at the Oklahoman. While there, Cosgrove was selected for a 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. For their fellowship project, Cosgrove explored the barriers that low-income, uninsured people with serious mental illnesses face in finding treatment. Their work has been credited with helping pass a state question in Oklahoma that changed simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, a policy change that eventually led to the largest single-day sentence commutation in U.S. history. Originally from Arpelar, Okla., they’re a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University. They completed a master of legal studies degree at UCLA School of Law in May 2022.
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