Jacqueline Howard is a reporter for CNN Health, based at the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. You can follow Howard at @jacqehoward and watch her appearances on CNN News Central and CNN International.
Since joining CNN, many of Howard’s reporting assignments have led her to delve into the complexities of mental health, maternal health, and infectious diseases. When the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic in 2020, Howard was the first CNN reporter to break that news on the air and continued to cover the pandemic as it progressed.
As a 2019 National Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, Howard reported on rising maternal mortality rates following childbirth in the United States, sharing the personal and emotional stories of families that have been directly impacted. As a 2020 Press Fellow at the United Nations Foundation, Howard reported on maternal health issues from a global lens.
Prior to joining CNN, Howard served as senior science editor at The Huffington Post, and she was host/producer of the video series “Talk Nerdy To Me.” As a communicator of health and science, Howard also has served as the on-air talent in a series of educational videos for The Nature Conservancy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Big History Project. She was honored to serve as a guest judge in the 2015 Nikon Small World photomicrography competition, and she was selected to participate in The White House’s “We the Geeks: Women Role Models” initiative in 2014.
Howard holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.