Whitney Sherman ("Racial Food Deserts," illustration) is a trained photographer and self-taught illustrator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, and other national publications. She is the director of the MFA in Illustration Practice at MICA.

Joe Sugarman ("Mistletoe Therapy") is a Baltimore-based freelancer who has recently written about fish farming, New Orleans plantation houses, and the beginnings of the universe for various Johns Hopkins publications. He is the former editor of Chesapeake Life and Baltimore Style magazines.

Gregory Manchess ("Dean of Middle Eastern Affairs," illustration) has executed commissioned portraits and has created art for national magazine covers, movie posters, children's books, museum exhibition murals, and greeting cards.

Greg Rienzi ("Dean of Middle Eastern Affairs"), A&S '02 (MA), is a writer and editor for the Office of Communications at Johns Hopkins University. His work appears in many university publications, including Johns Hopkins Magazine, the Gazette, Johns Hopkins Engineering, and Arts & Sciences magazine.

Ann LoLordo ("Mother and Baby Are Doing Well"), A&S '92 (MA), director of external relations and communications at Jhpiego, first traveled to Sudan in 1998 as a foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. She has reported from more than a dozen countries.

Matt Roth ("The Truth is Out There," photography) lives in Remington, a Baltimore neighborhood adjacent to the Homewood campus. When not on assignment for The New York Times, Education Week, or The Chronicle of Higher Education, he takes pictures of himself jumping on hotel beds.

On the cover

Photojournalist Kate Holt and Jhpiego's Ann LoLordo visited the new country of South Sudan last summer to report on a project that aims to prevent postpartum hemorrhage. The pair spent five days among new mothers, infants, and volunteer "home health promoters" in the villages of Lanyi and Mideh. In this issue's cover image, pregnant women in Lanyi wait their turn to see a health care provider.