my editor assigned me a story about a local barbershop, I felt confident. Even though I had never gotten a haircut at a barbershop, I knew that my lifetime of building trust with people in different contexts would prepare me for this moment.
Since this experience, mistrust in the medical community continues to grow.
My name is Michal Ruprecht . I am the son of two immigrants and I am a health journalist building trust among physicians, scientists and the public. I write disruptive stories that contribute to improved scientific and medical understanding among underserved communities.
I'm currently based in metro-Detroit, where I edit and fact-check content for ABC News as a member of the company's Medical Unit. I also contribute to MedPage Today and serve on their Editorial Advisory Board.
I previously interned at ABC News , MedPage Today and The Nation’s Health , a publication of the American Public Health Association. Prior to that, I was a beat reporter, assistant editor and investigative reporter for The Michigan Daily , the University of Michigan's independent daily student newspaper.
At The Daily, I spearheaded a seven-month investigation into the culture of silence among student researchers. I also led the paper’s research beat and worked on two additional investigations. Beyond The Daily, I was the first reporter to cover Stanford’s incoming class of surgery residents and the attention they received for being nearly all women. I also published an investigation into the pervasive culture of piracy among medical students. In addition to medical education reporting, I led coverage of maternal mortality among Black women, childhood bereavement and gun violence.
I am a second-year M.D. student at Wayne State University School of Medicine and I serve on the Youth Advisory Board of Riley’s Way Foundation. I graduated with honors and a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2022, where I leveraged community action and social change to partner with individuals affected by the Flint water crisis. I wrote my senior thesis on a membrane protein and created three ceramic sculptures of the channel.
Outside of work, I am passionate about brewing kombucha, ceramics, yoga, swimming, running and traveling. I enjoy listening to “How I Built This” and reading STAT's Morning Rounds.