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My name is Maria Sestito

I'm a freelance writer and public health reporter. 


I've been in journalism for a decade, working in local newsrooms in North Carolina and throughout California. I'm currently based in the Coachella Valley and open to projects anywhere.

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Every other week, I write about my life and share resources focused on emotional well-being, psychology and healing via my newsletter Self-Help Together. Reading is free. 

Recent work:


The Palm Springs Post March 5, 2023 ‘Every doctor I called was a dead end’: Coachella Valley residents struggle to find doctor’s appointments amid provider shortages, pandemic impacts


The Coachella Valley Independent March 20, 2023 Civic Solutions: Medical Residency Programs Are Bringing Doctors to the Coachella Valley—but More Needs to Be Done


Self-Help Together March 18, 2023 Coming to terms with time


SFGate Jan. 20, 2023 Scott's Cheap Flights rebrands to Going: An interview with the founder


Self-Help Together Jan. 21, 2023 Good help is hard to find


SFGate Dec. 16, 2022 Should you mask up on a holiday flight? Here's what health experts say

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CV Reporter Jan. 24, 2023 For valley veteran participating in Indian Wells program, retirement isn’t in the cards


The Desert Sun Oct. 3, 2022 How Cathedral City Senior Center went from excluding Spanish speakers to embracing them


The Desert Sun June 12, 2022 Pandemic, other economic forces changing the media landscape in the Coachella Valley


The Desert Sun March 10, 2022 Love finally wins: Court rulings enable Palm Springs man to receive more than $73k in survivors benefits — 16 years after his partner's death


The Desert Sun Jan. 3, 2022 Evicted? Remaining Legend Gardens residents, families hustle to find new accommodations

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The groundtruth project March 18, 2021 ‘Why am I still here?’ Finding hope in human connections even when the pandemic robs us of purpose

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