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Victoria Ke Li


I'm a recent graduate of UCLA, where I received a B.S. in human biology and society with minors in public health and professional writing. As a college freshman during the pandemic, I turned to my student newspaper—the Daily Bruin—expecting it to be temporary solution to not being able to work in a lab in-person. Instead, I quickly fell in love with the fun and complexity of reporting (and later editing) for our science and health news section. While I've missed all the science stuff in my most recent position as editor in chief, I also discovered a passion for devising new ways to connect to our campus community through new mediums (TikTok!!) and promoting diverse and inclusive storytelling.

Bridging gaps and improving accessibility drives me to do what I do. I've developed and taught my own course at UCLA on COVID-19-era science journalism, focusing on the importance of being able to communicate research findings in an accurate, yet meaningful way to a group of mostly STEM majors. In the future, I plan to work at the intersections of medicine and public health to address health disparities (and write about it too). My free time is spent doing a little bit of birdwatching, a lot of listening to K-pop and sometimes trying to finish at least one of the several books I've started.

This summer, I'm honored to be a fellow at the Philadelphia Inquirer writing for the Health section. Thank you to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for sponsoring this opportunity.


Victoria Li
Photo Credit: Sakshi Joglekar

UC Los Angeles

Fellowship Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Fellowship Host: The Philadelphia Inquirer