As Acting Chief of Communications, Jeannine Mjoseth helps ensure smooth operations within NHGRI's Communications and Public Liaison Branch. From writing and editing news releases and website features, to shooting video and implementing social media outreach, Ms. Mjoseth hunts for opportunities to highlight NHGRI's cutting edge science and scientists. She exercises editorial skills developed over a 20-year health care journalism career covering federal legislation and regulation (Faulkner & Gray), the law (Bureau of National Affairs) and information technology (Aspen Publishers).
This is Ms. Mjoseth's second posting with the National Institutes of Health: from 2000 to 2007, she provided media outreach at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). While at NIA, she developed the Vital Visionaries, a highly successful arts-based program that reduced aging stereotypes among participating medical students and older people.
Ms. Mjoseth began her career as a general assignment reporter at Sun City Center, a retirement community near Tampa, Fla. Her articles led to development of a local Alzheimer's disease support group and to closure of an illegal feedlot operation that had caused citizens to suffer respiratory problems. Later, in Columbia, S.C., Ms. Mjoseth infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan rally on freelance assignment for the Black News. Following publication of her article and photos, she was hired as the news group's managing editor.
An army brat, Ms. Mjoseth was born in Germany and has lived all over the world. Her upbringing instilled in her an insatiable drive to explore new cultures. In addition to travel, she loves writing, photography, making art, thrift shopping, jogging on Delaware beaches and hiking in the mountains of Scotland and Norway.
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Last Updated: May 2, 2014