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John Fairhall, Editor-In-Chief, was a reporter and editor at the Baltimore Sun for 27 years. As an assistant managing editor, he oversaw health and science coverage as well as projects. His investigative team was a Pulitzer finalist for its work on predatory practices in Baltimore’s ground-rent business. As city editor, he helped direct the paper’s coverage of the Washington-area sniper, which also was a Pulitzer finalist.


LaRonda PetersonLaRonda Peterson, Managing Editor, joined KHN after nearly 6 years at Politico, where she was the deputy managing editor of Politico Pro. She helped launch the policy news service, built the Web team and was lead architect of Pro’s daily operations and digital strategy. She has worked at Newsday and the Orlando Sentinel and is a graduate of Duke University and the Georgetown University Law Center.


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Julie Marquis has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for 27 years, including two decades at the Los Angeles Times, where she most recently was the metro projects editor. Much of her work over the years has focused on health care. She was the primary editor on the Pulitzer-prize winning series, “The Troubles at King-Drew.” Julie has a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Communication from Stanford University. She attended the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1993-94 on an Alfred P. Sloan media fellowship. | @juliedmarquis


Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of the critically-praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress. Prior to NPR, Rovner covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations.


Julie Appleby Julie Appleby reports on the health law’s implementation, health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her stories have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, MSNBC and other media. Before joining KHN, Appleby spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA Today. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif. She serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a Master of Public Health degree.

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Phil Galewitz covers Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, hospitals and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for more than two decades. He is a former board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004/05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions to the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for the Associated Press and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in health policy from Penn State University. | @PhilGalewitz

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Anna Gorman is a senior correspondent based in Los Angeles. She joined KHN from the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for nearly 15 years covering health care, immigration and the Mexican border. She was a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and taught journalism at Harvard University and at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Anna earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While at the L.A. Times, she was part of a team that won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize. | @AnnaGorman

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Jenny Gold covers the health care industry, the ACA and health care disparities for radio and print. Her stories for KHN have aired on NPR and been published by USA Today, The Washington Post and many other news organizations. She was previously a Kroc Fellow at NPR, where she covered health and business, and a broadcast associate at the CBS Evening News. She is a graduate of Brown University. | @JennyAGold

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Jay Hancock joined KHN in 2012 from The Baltimore Sun, where he wrote a column on business and finance. Previously he covered the State Department and the economics beat for The Sun and health care for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and the Daily Press of Newport News. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. | @JayHancock1

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Jordan Rau’s stories have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, and on and, among other media outlets. He came to KHN when it was started in 2009. Previously, he worked for the Los Angeles Times, where he covered California government and health care politics in Sacramento. He also worked for Newsday in New York, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and two newspapers in Vermont. | @JordanRau


Sarah Varney

Sarah Varney reports on the implementation of the federal health law in the states and the effect of state budget woes on public programs, county governments and vulnerable populations including children and the elderly. She began reporting for KQED in 2002 and covered a range of subjects: from the ethics, politics and science of stem cell research to the religious and legal challenges over gay marriage to a story that debunked “toxin-sucking” foot pads. Sarah reports regularly for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, for KHN’s print partners and, more recently, PBS NewsHour. | @SarahVarney


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Lisa Gillespie, Web Reporter, reports on Medicare and Medicaid federal and state policies, and was most recently a reporter with Washington-based Inside Health Policy. She has also reported on the dietary supplement and over-the-counter drug industries and employer-based health care benefits. Her work has appeared in Forbes,, The Tan Sheet and Employee Benefit News. | @LVGillespie

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Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Web reporting fellow, interned with the Texas Tribune as both a general assignment intern and a Kaiser Family Foundation media intern before coming to KHN. In Texas, she covered state politics, women’s health and local implementation of the federal health reform, with work appearing in the Texas Tribune, The New York Times and The Washington Post. She is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she studied English literature. | @Shefalil


KHN Staff Mary Agnes Carey, Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent, has covered health reform and federal health policy for more than 15 years as an editor at CQ HealthBeat, as Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly and at Dow Jones Newswires. A frequent radio and television commentator, including on the Nightly Business Report, the PBS NewsHour and on NPR affiliates nationwide, Mary Agnes has a thorough understanding of both the policy and politics of health reform. She worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. | @MaryAgnesCarey

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Heidi de Marco, Multimedia Reporter and Producer, was a freelance video journalist and photographer specializing in work abroad, including a series of short-form videos about artisans in Guatemala supported by Novica and National Geographic. She was a managing editor for El Pueblo in Los Angeles prior to moving to India for a post-graduate program at the International Center for Journalists. Heidi also studied Spanish-language broadcast journalism at UCLA. | @Heidi_deMarco

Kathleen Hayden

Kathleen Hayden, Senior Digital Editor, is a 20-year online news veteran with a specialty in government, elections and policy coverage. Before joining KHN, she managed Bloomberg Government’s online, information graphics and multimedia teams and edited news and analysis on industries including health care. Prior to BGOV, Kathleen worked at AOL, CNN and TIME. She is a graduate of Haverford College and a proud New England native. | @kathleenhayden

Brianna Labuskes

Brianna Labuskes, Aggregation Editor, joined KHN after five years at Politico Pro, where she was the Production Director. There, she edited health care and other policy news, managed the workflow of the Web production team, and oversaw Pro’s digital development. Prior to that, she worked in Binghamton, N.Y., as a copy editor and news editor for a consolidated Gannett copy desk that produces the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Star-Gazette and The Ithaca Journal. She is a proud alumna of Penn State. | @brilabuskes

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Lynne Shallcross, Web Producer, joined KHN after earning a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Journalism Fellow. Her interactive project on health apps won a 2015 award from the Online News Association. She is a New Jersey native and a proud Tar Heel. | @lshallcross

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Stephanie Stapleton, Editor, oversees the news aggregation for KHN, writing and editing the two morning emails – First Edition and the Morning Briefing. In addition, she supervises reporters and coordinates and edits KHN’s letters column. She was an editor and a reporter at American Medical News newspaper and online site.

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Lexie Verdon, Senior Editor, came to KHN after 32 years at The Washington Post. Her assignments there included 10 years as deputy editor of the paper’s award-winning Health section and an assignment editor in the Metro news section. She also supervised the Continuous News Desk, which was responsible for getting staff breaking news stories to The Post’s website. She is a native of Montana.

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Andrew Villegas, Web Editor, coordinates story web production, edits and produces graphics and photo illustrations. He is also KHN’s social media editor. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and other major news outlets around the U.S. Andrew covered politics in Colorado before coming to Washington in 2009. He is a graduate of School of Journalism at the University of Colorado. | @ReporterAndrew

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Diane Webber, Senior Project Editor, has 20 years’ experience covering health care, education and politics. She helped launch Politico Pro’s health care news service. She is the author of five books for teens on science and health topics published by Scholastic and is a graduate of Barnard College. | @dwebbkhn


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A’ngela Thomas is the administrative and financial hub for KHN, providing project and contract administration support. She manages the budget, prepares financial reports, coordinates meetings and helps update the website. She previously served as the administrative coordinator of KFF’s South African Program on HIV AIDS.

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