A University of Maryland Capital News Service and Kaiser Health News Investigation into asthma rates in low-income Baltimore neighborhoods was the subject of a WYPR radio segment that aired Monday morning.

The segment aired on the Baltimore NPR affiliate’s “On the Record” program and included an interview with Philip Merrill College of Journalism alumna Talia Richman (’17), a reporter on the project. A former editor and writer at The Diamondback, she is now an education reporter at The Baltimore Sun.

A CNS and Kaiser review of some 10 million inpatient and emergency room cases found that residents in one Baltimore neighborhood — a short distance from world-renowned medical institutions — suffer from asthma at more than four times the rate of people in the city’s wealthier areas.

The project grew out of Merrill College Professor Sandy Banisky‘s urban affairs reporting class and Capital News Service director Sean Mussenden‘s data bureau.

Banisky and Mussenden worked with Tom Bettag, the college’s Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and Merrill College students Naema Ahmed, Helen Lyons (M.J. ’17), Richman and others.

The project has been published by The Washington Post and The Sun.

Capital News Service is the college’s student-powered news organization. CNS has bureaus in College Park, Annapolis and Washington — all run by professional journalists.

The investigation was conducted in partnership with Kaiser Health News, including senior correspondent Jay Hancock and reporter Rachel Bluth (M.J. ’16). Hancock was also interviewed during the Monday WYPR segment.

Douglas Birch and Doug Kapustin also contributed to the project.