Victoria Knight

Graduate Assistant/Health Reporter

Victoria Knight is a graduate assistant and health reporter for WUGA. She is currently a master's student studying health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia, and has a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Tennessee. Victoria helps with daily news updates, as well as co-hosts and produces the weekly segment, Georgia Health News.

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Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health officials announced Monday that the state’s premature birth rate increased in 2016.

Premature babies are defined as infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. In 2016, Georgia’s pre-term birth rate was 11.2 percent. That’s an increase from 2015’s 10.8 percent rate. Georgia’s rate is also higher than the national average for pre-term birth which is 9.8 percent.

Governor Nathan Deal is in Europe this week on an economic development trip for the state. 


The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Governor Deal left for Paris on Saturday, and will travel to northern Italy on Tuesday. He will be meeting with businesses that already have operations or relations with Georgia.


The Georgia Board of Regents has instructed all state universities to align their semester calendars.

On Wednesday, the Board of Regents revised the policy on university semester length. According to federal regulations, semesters must have 15 weeks of instruction time. However, the Regents clarified this cannot include registration days or final exams.

UGA Relief for Puerto Rico

A group of UGA students is collecting items and donations for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The organization, UGA Relief for Puerto Rico, was formed by a group of Puerto Rican undergraduate and graduate students after Hurricane Maria hit the island almost three weeks ago.

Karla Marquez, a Puerto Rican PhD student in microbiology, said she and others founded the group because of their families.

Georgia Health News is our weekly feature that keeps you up to date on what's happening in health around the state. Andy Miller is editor of the online news site, Georgia Health News, and Victoria Knight is our health reporter. Today, they're discussing the uncertain future of the 2018 health insurance exchange market in Georgia.