Johnny Magdaleno is an award-winning journalist and MPH Epidemiology graduate student at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. He is currently investigating how human-made systems and societal structures promote health disparities, the social determinants of infectious disease and the way environmental exposures like pollution and heat waves are challenging public health systems.

Prior to beginning his graduate coursework in health sciences, Johnny spent three years as the Courts and Legal Affairs Reporter at The Indianapolis Star. In that time he was part of a team of reporters that received a Pulitzer Prize finalist honor, and won multiple state awards from the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.

From 2013 to 2020 Johnny worked as a freelance journalist and photographer in the U.S. and abroad. His reporting has been published by The New York Times, Reuters, Al Jazeera, USA Today, The Guardian, Newsweek, VICE News, the Christian Science Monitor and multiple other news outlets.

Johnny is currently reporting in the U.S. and South America. He can be contacted at