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Elaine SilvestriniStaff Writer

Elaine is a career journalist with a strong desire to learn, explain, and help people. She worked for The Tampa Tribune for 13 years, covering courts and legal issues until the newspaper closed in 2016. After the Tribune’s demise, Elaine worked as an assistant investigator for the federal public defender where she helped investigate and prepare cases for court.

Prior to moving to Florida, she reported for 16 years at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. Her beats there included the courts, a military base, and mental health issues. Over her journalism career, she won numerous awards for writing, and she earned fellowships at Loyola Journalist Law School and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which puts journalists together with clinicians and scientists to learn about the effects of trauma on human beings.

She was the founding president of the Ochberg Society, an international organization of former Dart fellows and Dart award winners dedicated to sensitive coverage of victims of trauma, as well as the effects such coverage has on journalists. Part of the Dart Fellowship involved a trip to Rwanda where she met with people from non-governmental organizations, the government, and victims of the country’s genocide.

She is married, and she and her husband have three cats.

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Stryker: $2 Billion Hip-Implant Deal Ready for Payouts

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Cancer Linked to Breast Implants

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Petition to FDA Seeks Cancer Warning on Antacids

The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking...

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Study Finds Safety Issues in a Third of FDA-Approved Drugs

Even as President Trump pushes to shorten the amount of time it takes the FDA to approve drugs...

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Jury Awards $20M to New Jersey Woman in Pelvic-Mesh Case

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