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Hannah Schoenbaum

Hannah Schoenbaum is a policy & public affairs reporter based in Washington, D.C. She is graduate student at Northwestern University, where she studies journalism with a specialization in politics, policy and foreign affairs reporting. 

You can view a timeline of her most recent work below or see her articles organized by news outlet under the 'Clips' tab.

The pandemic shows WHO lacks authority to force governments to divulge information, experts say

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inherent weaknesses of the World Health Organization, which has no authority to force foreign governments to divulge medical information or open doors to its hospitals and labs, public health experts and foreign diplomats say. The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers have lashed out at the U.N. agency for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing it of helping China conceal the extent of the outbreak at a critical early stage.

George Washington University converts dorms to housing for healthcare workers fighting coronavirus

The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is packing up student belongings this week to free up dorm buildings, which will be used as temporary housing units for medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients. According to an email sent to students on Friday, students are not allowed to pack up their own belongings. Dorms will re-open by May to GW Medical Faculty Associates and GW Hospital staff who are unable to return home to their families during the pandemic.

Will Sanders' past praise of Socialist regimes hurt Democrats? [CONTRIBUTED REPORTING]

WASHINGTON — In October 1985, a few months after Bernie Sanders traveled to Nicaragua to celebrate the sixth anniversary of that country's socialist revolution, the Soviet-backed government suspended the civil liberties of its citizens, including the rights to free speech, free assembly and labor strikes. A few days later, Sanders, then the socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, received a pointed letter from a constituent.

Local anti-Semitism spike prompts push for a state genocide education mandate

Massachusetts recorded the fourth-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents of any state in 2018, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, prompting lawmakers to propose that all schools teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides. Jewish students throughout the commonwealth have repeatedly encountered anti-Semitic slurs, been told their families should have died in the Holocaust and discovered swastikas scrawled on the bathroom walls of their schools, the ADL reports.

Students call out state legislators for lack of climate action

Youth climate activists from around the state, in a lobbying day Wednesday at the Statehouse, demanded that lawmakers act on a series of environmental justice bills immediately after the legislative recess. Rep. Maria Robinson, who worked with Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, to organize the gathering of students and state legislators, said she hopes her colleagues will realize the urgency of the climate crisis and prioritize environmental regulations in early 2020.

Boston College student’s coerced suicide prompts push for ‘Conrad’s Law’

Massachusetts remains one of only eight states that does not explicitly criminalize coercion of suicide, despite multiple cases over the last five years in which people were pressured into suicide by their significant others. In wake of the most recent case – the coerced suicide of Boston College student Alexander Urtula by his girlfriend, Inyoung You, in May – some lawmakers are pushing to fast-track a bill that would designate a new criminal charge for these specific circumstances.

Deborah Sampson memorial proposed for Statehouse

Young women visiting the Massachusetts Statehouse may soon find a new female hero among the halls of male historical figures. Noticing a dearth of women’s history displayed in their workplace, Rep. David Vieira, R-East Falmouth, and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, filed legislation to begin developing a memorial for Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, a Plympton resident who disguised herself as a man to fight with the patriots in 1782 in a small Uxbridge militia.

Mass. 12-year-old inspires restaurant EpiPen bill

Last year, when 12-year-old Kennedy Pelletier was eating at a Boston restaurant with friends, she took all the usual precautions to address her life-threatening seafood allergy. Despite alerting the restaurant of her allergy and warning them of her sensitivity to cross-contamination, she suffered a severe reaction that led her to question why restaurants are not better equipped to help customers with food allergies.

Worcester mayor joins push for state ROE abortion act

Six Massachusetts mayors demanded that the Legislature pass Sen. Harriette Chandler’s ROE Act, which would expand abortion access, at a rally outside the State House Tuesday morning. While expanding abortion access has been a long-standing priority for Chandler, who filed the bill back in January, she said more lawmakers are now prioritizing the matter with the looming threat that the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in 1973, could be overturned.

Seniors struggle with rising property taxes as lawmakers debate solutions

Worcester homeowner Terrie Cherry, 67, is one of many Massachusetts seniors struggling to stay afloat as property taxes soar. After Cherry’s husband, Robert, became disabled in an accident and was forced into early retirement, the couple’s income plummeted. They went from making “good money” to just $20,000 a year, Cherry said in an interview. And as they have depleted their savings, property taxes have risen in Worcester.
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