Lizzie Presser

Reporter

Lizzie Presser covers health, inequality and how policy is experienced for ProPublica. She previously worked as a contributing writer for The California Sunday Magazine, where she wrote about labor, immigration and how social policy is experienced. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian and This American Life, among others. She has twice been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and the Livingston Award.

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

Black patients were losing limbs at triple the rate of others. The doctor put up billboards in the Mississippi Delta. Amputation Prevention Institute, they read. He could save their limbs, if it wasn’t too late.

Rationing Protective Gear Means Checking on Coronavirus Patients Less Often. This Can Be Deadly.

Low on essential supplies and fearing they’ll get sick, doctors and nurses told ProPublica in-person care for coronavirus patients has been scaled back. In some cases, it’s causing serious harm.

Un empleado de servicios médicos describe las terribles consecuencias de la insuficiencia pulmonar causada por el COVID-19, incluso en sus pacientes jóvenes

“Caí por primera vez en la cuenta de lo diferente que es cuando vi deteriorarse a mi primer paciente de coronavirus. Pensé ‘Maldita sea, esto no es una gripa’, mientras veía a este hombre relativamente joven que se esforzaba por respirar y expulsaba secreciones espumosas de color rosa por su tubo”.

A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.”

Has the Price of Diabetes Care Affected You? Tell Us About It.

ProPublica is investigating the potentially dangerous impacts of costly Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes care. Help us report by filling out our form.

U.S. Senate Greenlights Funding to Help Prevent Families From Losing Their Land

A ProPublica-New Yorker story about black land loss was cited by the legislation’s sponsor before the near-unanimous vote.

When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

Welcome to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of the bail and Americans are watching their lives — and liberty — disappear in the pursuit of medical debt collection.

Elizabeth Warren Announces Plans to Help Heirs’ Property Owners

The Democratic presidential candidate cited a ProPublica investigation into black land loss in her proposal.

Federal Government Wants to Hear From Heirs’ Property Owners

Ten days after a story about black families losing their land, the USDA scheduled listening sessions to hear from people who have had trouble qualifying for federal programs because their land was passed down without a will.

How to Close Heirs’ Property Loopholes

What to consider to avoid losing land that has been passed down through generations without a will and is shared among heirs.

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