Derek Lartaud

Derek Lartaud comes to the journalism school from a science-heavy background, where he hopes to marry his appetite for storytelling with his passion for health sciences research. As a researcher, Derek studied auditory hallucinations in schizophrenic patients and insulin resistance in adolescents with diabetes. As a journalist, he was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio where he helped create health-themed programming. As a dual-degree student in the schools of journalism and public health, Derek hopes to shine a light on important health issues that are all too often under reported or misrepresented by the general media.


Colgate University
August 2000 - May 2004
Neuroscience (Major), Political Science (Minor)

Published Stories:

Undocumented workers protest their firings from Pacific Steel Casting
Late last year, Pacific Steel Casting, the country’s fourth largest steel foundry, fired 200 workers. The reason: Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a workplace audit on the company, and could not verify that they could legally work in the US.
Hyena colony in Berkeley faces funding dilemma
The world's only hyena research colony is anxiously awaiting federal grant money to stay afloat. If the money does not come through, the colony will be disbanded, with the animals sent to various zoos across the country.
Richmond packaging company confronts Styrofoam head on
Richmond Confidential
A profile of a Richmond-based company pushing the food service industry to go green.
Test suggests discrimination against African Americans in search of rental housing
Richmond Confidential
A local housing attorney painted a disheartening picture of racial discrimination in Richmond at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, making a case that potential African American renters routinely received rental terms and conditions that were less favorable than their Caucasian counterparts.
Green tech start-up enters the world of venture capitalism
Richmond Confidential
Eager entrepreneurs hope to solicit funds for their green ideas.
North Richmond casino remains a quiet possibility
Richmond Confidential
Analysis of how a Bay Area Native American tribe is attempting to build a casino.

Work Experience:

Research Assistant
Yale University School of Medicine  - New Haven CT  ( February 2008 - June 2011 )
Type II Diabetes and insulin resistance research.
WNPR Connecticut Public Radio  - Hartford CT  ( October 2007 - June 2008 )
Produced health-themed programming for local public radio station.
Research Assistant
Yale University School of Medicine  - New Haven CT  ( April 2005 - June 2007 )
Schizophrenia research using functional MRI and EEG/event-related potential techniques. Particular focus on prodromal period prior to illness onset.