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A bit about me:

I’m Josephine, but I go by Jo. I’m a freelance editor and journalist based in North Carolina. I’m currently a part-time news reporter for Bustle.com, one of the largest websites for millennial women. As a journalist, I cover politics and identity, with some of my specializations in social policy, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive justice, sexual violence, and science and health. I also did a short stint as a music journalist.

My work has been published by ELLE, Bustle, Rewire.News, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Refinery29, ThinkProgress, NationSwell, Romper, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice, among others.

I regularly make radio appearances to talk about my abortion policy reporting, though I’ve also spoken about gun violence, country music (yes, really), and sexual violence in prisons. I have appeared on panels to talk about my experience as a sexual assault survivor, and I have moderated discussions about women’s health.

Recent news reporting

Bloomberg Staffers Say They Were Promised Jobs Until The Election, Then Laid Off In A Pandemic, ELLE, April 2020

For Equal Pay Day 2020, The Coronavirus Looms, Bustle.com, March 2020

Abortion Providers Speak Up After Ohio & Texas Deem It “Non-Essential”, Bustle.com, March 2020

SCOTUS Will Hear An Abortion Rights Case With Major Implications, Bustle.com, Updated March 2020

Utah’s Conversion Therapy Ban Is A Victory For Activists, Bustle.com, Feb. 2020

Nabilah Islam Doesn’t Want Health Care Costs To Keep People From Running For Office, Bustle.com, Feb. 2020

A South Dakota Bill Would Criminalize Trans Minors’ Health Care, Bustle.com, Jan. 2020

A Wedding Cake Discrimination Case Is Going Back To An Oregon Appeals Court, Bustle.com, Jan. 2020

We Spoke To Julián Castro One Week Before His Campaign Ended. Here’s What We Learned, Bustle.com, Jan. 2020

These Lawmakers Saw What Criminalizing Abortion Looks Like. They Were Horrified., Rewire.News, Dec. 2019

Guns & Domestic Violence Are Much More Lethal For Women Of Color, A New Report Shows, Bustle.com, Oct. 2019

The LGBTQ Supreme Court Cases That Could Be More Consequential Than Gay Marriage, Bustle.com, Oct. 2019

Longform & feature reporting

3 Abortion Providers On Tailoring Their Services To Trans Patients, Bustle.com, March 2020

Election Needle Anxiety During The 2020 Primaries Is Real, Bustle.com, Feb. 2020

7 Myths About Trans Health Care, Debunked By Trans People & Doctors, Bustle.com, Jan. 2020

Sex Workers Describe The Policy Reforms That Would Actually Help Them, Bustle.com, Dec. 2020

What 6 Young Climate Activists Do Every Day To Fight For The Planet, Bustle.com, Sept. 2019

These Are the Ways Plastics Can Mess Up Your Body, Teen Vogue, Dec. 2018

The Case for Public Sex Classes, Teen Vogue, April 2019

Rape Behind Bars: Stopping the Cycle of Violence, NationSwell, Sept. 2018

For Survivors of Prison Rape, Saying ‘Me Too’ Isn’t an OptionRewire.News, Jan. 2018

Sexual Assault Survivors Talk About Sex After RapeTeen Vogue, Aug. 2018

Lifestyle and wellness writing/reporting

What Quitting Your Smartphone Is Like, According To 3 People Who’ve Been There, Bustle.com, Feb. 2020

6 Signs You Need To Break Up With A Friend , and the Best Way To Do It, Woman’s Day, Feb. 2020

How To Interpret Cat Language, Woman’s Day, Feb. 2020

The 9 “Dumbest” Dogs That Are Actually Pretty Smart, Woman’s Day, Jan. 2020

8 Signs You Suffer From Work Stress & How To Deal With It, Woman’s Day, Jan. 2020

Is Crying At Work OK? HR Reps and Psychologists Weigh In, Woman’s Day, Jan. 2020

Do Dogs Sweat? Here’s What Happens To Your Pup When It’s Hot, Woman’s Day, Jan. 2020

Do Dogs Smile? Here’s What’s Really Behind That Goofy Grin, Woman’s Day, Dec. 2019

Diarrhea During Your Period? Here’s the Reason for Menstrual GI Problems, Woman’s Day, June 2019

Why Menopause Causes Weight Gain and Why You Shouldn’t Worry, Woman’s Day, May 2019

7 Common STD Symptoms In Women, Woman’s Day, April 2019

The Most Common Health Concerns in Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond, Woman’s Day, April 2019

Essays and op-eds

How to Support the Survivors In Your Life This Week, Marie Claire, Oct. 2018

The anti-trans Trump memo is already a reality for people like me, ThinkProgress, Oct. 2018

The right’s dangerous use of moral relativism to defend Sarah SandersThinkProgress.com, June 2018

Grief Can Last For Years, So Why Don’t We Acknowledge It?, Romper.com, May 2018

Travel/food writing

On a Fishing Charter with a Chef at Amelia Island, FloridaThe Daily Meal

Chef Stephen Henry Brews Syrup in Tunnels, Keeps Bees on the Rooftop, and Still Has ‘More to Do’ in ChicagoThe Daily Meal

620 Square Miles of Food Celebration and Conservation in MilanThe Daily Meal

Chef Mathew Wiltzius of Chicago’s Lockwood Restaurant Feeds Nostalgia with Carrot CakeThe Daily Meal

A Perfect Model of Sustainability in Amelia Island, FloridaThe Daily Meal

When I’m not writing, I’m riding. I was two weeks old when my parents visited the Budweiser Clydesdale barn in New Hampshire, and my dad says he held me up in front of one of the Clydesdales. We looked each other in the eyes, and I haven’t been able to part with horses since. I’ve traveled to the Pyrenees in France and the countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina to ride.

“Thanks to Planned Parenthood, saved from domestic violence,” Alex Headley wrote. Photo by Josephine Yurcaba


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