At Drugwatch, we are passionate about our mission to keep people safe from the potential risks of prescription drugs and medical devices. Our team of expert writers and outreach coordinators work together to deliver trusted, up-to-date information and spread awareness about problematic medicines and devices that affect people’s health.
Combined, Drugwatch’s expert writers have decades of professional writing experience. The team includes award-winning former journalists and award-winning multi-media and TV news writers. Drugwatch’s writers have worked for respected newspapers, magazines, universities and law firms. They use their reporting skills to shine a light on issues that affect consumers. Kevin Connolly, the team’s managing editor, has more than two decades experience working with investigative news teams — including the Orlando Sentinel.
Kevin Connolly joined Drugwatch in 2017 as the managing editor after a 20-year stint in newspapers, mainly the Orlando Sentinel. As a journalist, he demanded accountability from elected leaders and government agencies. He exercises that watchdog perspective daily at Drugwatch, where pharmaceutical companies hawking dangerous drugs and device manufacturers selling defective medical products are held accountable.
Michelle Y. Llamas is a senior content writer and researcher for Drugwatch. She is also the host of the Drugwatch Podcast where she talks to patients, experts and advocates about drugs, medical devices and health. She uses her technical writing experience to provide easy-to-understand information on how drugs and devices work. But she also tells people what happens when products that are supposed to improve their lives can hurt them.
Terry Turner is an Emmy-winning former television journalist turned senior writer at Drugwatch. In more than 25 years of reporting, he has seen countless examples of how people armed with comprehensive, quality information have the power to make better decisions for their lives and holding those who harm them accountable.
Emily Miller is an award-winning journalist who has held writing and editorial positions with numerous print and online publications around the U.S. She draws on her background as both a patient and a journalist to help readers understand complex health topics. Her most recent experience is in writing about litigation involving medicines that cause life-altering side effects.
Elaine Silvestrini is a career journalist with a strong desire to learn, explain, and help people. While working at Drugwatch, Elaine has reported on breaking news involving prescription drugs and medical devices and has written pieces on several large pharmaceutical companies and other topics. She is dedicated to telling people what they need to know about developments in the news, and helping consumers understand what they can do when something goes wrong with their drugs and medical devices.
Kristin Compton is a medical writer with a background in legal studies. She has experience working in law firms as a paralegal and legal writer. She also has worked in journalism and marketing. She’s published numerous articles in a northwest Florida-based newspaper and lifestyle/entertainment magazine, as well as worked as a ghost writer on blog posts published online by a Central Florida law firm in the health law niche. As a patient herself, and an advocate, Kristin is passionate about “being a voice” for others.
Matt Mauney is a writer and researcher for Drugwatch.com. Before joining the Drugwatch team, he spent 10 years in journalism working for various newspapers and news websites. Matt has a degree in journalism with a double minor in broadcasting and public relations from Georgia Southern University.
Chris Elkins is a writer and researcher for Drugwatch.com. He’s worked for various newspapers and has writing experience in sports, health communication and public relations fields. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership, a graduate-level certificate in Health Communication Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Jen graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English – technical communication and a minor in magazine journalism. She has more than six years of professional writing experience, having worked for Publix Super Markets as a training developer, a marketing company as a web writer, and a software company as a technical writer.
Part of Drugwatch’s mission is to spread awareness about the risks of prescription drugs and medical devices. The outreach coordinators connect with medical organizations and communities and alert them about risky medical products that could hurt people. They accomplish this by developing relationships and providing free resources and information tailored to each organization’s audience.
Stephanie Muniz's desire to connect people with information is what drives her devotion to the community. While at the University of Central Florida, she earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism. She went on to become a multilingual news reporter for her university and local news stations nearby; all while working in senior health care and living since 2011. Stephanie's mission is to keep the public informed, safe and healthy.