By Maryland Today Staff

COLLEGE PARK (9/6/19) — The first project by the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, exploring the effects of rising temperatures on the health and lives of the residents of urban heat islands in Baltimore, premiered Tuesday on Baltimore’s WMAR-TV, NPR and the Associated Press.

A joint project with NPR, “Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide” brought together professional reporters and students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism with experts in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, School of Public Health and School of Public Policy as well as the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Led by center Director Kathy Best and Capital News Service Managing Director Marty Kaiser, the months-long investigation examined the price that residents of “urban heat islands” pay, whether in chronic illnesses, higher crime rates or poverty. The findings were presented in stories, photos, graphics, videos and interactives.

“In addition to the students who will have bylines and credits for their work, I am grateful that Kathy joined us in May and helped an unbelievably talented and dedicated faculty team produce this terrific debut student project,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish.

Stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” this week. Other parts have been distributed by the AP and picked up by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national news organizations.

On Thursday, The Baltimore Sun published the full project.

An abridged print version of the series will be distributed in the Baltimore neighborhoods where students conducted their reporting, and at the center’s events this fall.

The project was supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation and grants from the Park Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, as well as from Merrill College’s Capital News Service and Wide Angle Youth Media in Baltimore.


Code Red Stories


Code Red Credits

Reporting and writing: Jazmin Conner, Theresa Diffendal, Bryan Gallion, Kaitlyn Hopkins, Dan Novak, Roxanne Ready, Ian Round, Jermaine Rowley, Sandy Banisky, John Fairhall and Sean Mussenden

Photography: Amina Lampkin, Maris Medina, Timothy Jacobsen and Ian Round

Graphics: Amina Lampkin, Maris Medina, Roxanne Ready, Camila Velloso, Adam Marton, Sean Mussenden and Krishnan Vasudevan

Design and development: Camila Velloso and Adam Marton

Data analysis: Theresa Diffendal, Roxanne Ready, Jane Gerard, Jake Gluck, Adam Marton and Sean Mussenden

Video: Amina Lampkin, Maris Medina, Nate Gregorio and Timothy Jacobsen

Editing: Brooke Auxier, Sandy Banisky, Kathy Best, John Fairhall, Timothy Jacobsen, Martin Kaiser, Adam Marton, Sean Mussenden, Alexander Pyles and Krishnan Vasudevan

Social Media:Brooke Auxier, Bryan Gallion, Brittany Goodman, Kaitlyn Hopkins and Alexander Pyles

NPR: Meg Anderson, Nora Eckert, Sean McMinn and Robert Little

Wide Angle Youth Media: Emma Bergman (Editing), Katia Crawford, Justice Georgie, Sonia Hug, Justin Marine and Otto Blais-Nelson