KHN Staff

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 Peterson, Managing Editor, previously worked 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.
Julie Marquis, California Bureau Chief, has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for 30 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
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.
John HillkirkJohn Hillkirk, Senior Enterprise Project Editor, was a reporter or editor at USA TODAY for 33 years. Most recently, he led the newspaper’s Investigations team which won two IRE Silver Medals, a Gerald Loeb Award, a duPont-Columbia prize and was a Pulitzer finalist. Prior to that, John was editor-in-chief for three years and executive editor for five years. John also managed the Money section for a decade and covered technology and management as a business reporter. John has co-authored three books. “Xerox: American Samurai,” “Grit, Guts and Genius” and “A Better Idea: Redefining the Way Americans Work.” John graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. | @johnhillkirk



Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent, 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, Julie 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, California. She serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a Master of Public Health degree. | @Julie_Appleby
Pauline BartolonePauline Bartolone, Sacramento Correspondent for California Healthline, has been a radio and print journalist for 15 years, contributing frequently to NPR. Most recently, she covered the rollout of the Affordable Care Act for NPR’s Sacramento affiliate and delved into the complex world of pharmaceutical prices for CALmatters. She has won multiple regional Edward R. Murrow awards, national recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists and a first-place prize from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She freelanced throughout Latin America before and during her studies at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Journalism, from which she earned a master’s degree in new media. | @pbartolone
Emily Bazar, Senior Correspondent for California Healthline, writes the “Ask Emily” column, which addresses readers’ concerns about the Affordable Care Act and other health care topics. The column has appeared in more than 25 newspapers and NPR affiliate websites across California and generated more than 2,500 direct questions and comments. Emily regularly appears on KPCC, KQED, Capital Public Radio and other California radio stations. She also covers stories about Medi-Cal, Covered California, and health care affordability and access. Emily previously worked at the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, USA Today and the Sacramento Bee. She graduated from Stanford University. | @emilybazar
Rachel BluthRachel Bluth, Peggy Girshman Web Reporting Fellow, recently earned her master’s from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. At Merrill, she reported on health disparities in Baltimore, and her work was published on and She was previously the lead political correspondent for the Annapolis Bureau of Capital News Service, where she covered the Maryland General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan. She has also written for the Maryland Reporter and the Prince George’s Sentinel. | @RachelHBluth
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
Doug Carroll, joined KHN as an editor in August 2015. Before that, he was a reporter and editor for USA TODAY’s Money section for nearly 30 years. He joined USA TODAY as a business reporter in 1985, three years after the national newspaper’s creation. Earlier, he was employed by The Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y., where he’s a native.
Heidi de Marco, Multimedia Reporter and Producer for California Healthline, was previously 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
Barbara Feder Ostrov, Senior Editor for California Healthline, has reported on medicine and health policy for more than 15 years. She covered the medical beat for the San Jose Mercury News for eight years and edited the website of the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. She previously worked at The Palm Beach Post and the Miami Herald. Her work also has been published in The Boston Globe, Ms. Magazine,, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and She has won awards from the Society for Women’s Health Research, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Florida Press Club. She is based in San Jose, California. | @barbfederostrov
Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent, 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
Jenny Gold, Senior Correspondent, covers the health care industry, the ACA and health care disparities for radio and print. Her stories 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
Anna Gorman, Senior Correspondent, is based in Los Angeles. She joined the team 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
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
Ana B. Ibarra, Web Reporter for California Healthline, is a bilingual journalist who started her career at the Merced Sun-Star. During her two years at the Sun-Star, she covered community health, health-related research at UC Merced and issues affecting underserved and Latino communities in Merced County. Her work has also appeared in the Modesto Bee and the Fresno Bee. She is a 2015 Center for Health Journalism fellow and a Cal Poly Pomona graduate. | @ab_ibarra
Brianna Labuskes is the editor of California Healthline’s Daily Edition and KHN’s Morning Briefing and First Edition. She joined KHN after nearly five years at Politico Pro, where she was the production director. 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
Shefali Luthra, Web Reporter, covers consumer issues in health care. Her work has appeared in news outlets such as The Washington Post, CNN Health and Previously, she was KHN’s Peggy Girshman Web Reporting Fellow. She also interned at The Texas Tribune, covering the rollout of the 2010 health law, women’s health issues and state politics. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. | @Shefalil
Jordan Rau is a senior correspondent. His 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
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, Julie 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, Julie covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations. | @jrovner
Lynne Shallcross, Web Editor, 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
Stephanie Stapleton, Editor, has 20 years of experience covering health care. She started with KHN when it launched in 2009. Prior to this, she was a reporter and then health and science editor for American Medical News. She has a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University and is a native of Ohio.
Chad Terhune, Senior Correspondent for California Healthline, joined KHN from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the business of health care for four years. He wrote about medical costs, the health-law rollout and superbug outbreaks tied to medical devices. Previously, he was an award-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Businessweek. Chad spent more than a decade at the Journal and his stories on health insurance won a National Press Club award. At Businessweek, his cover story on subprime mortgages earned recognition from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He graduated from the University of Florida. | @chadterhune
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.
Sarah Jane Tribble, Senior Correspondent, joined Kaiser Health News from Ideastream — the NPR/PBS member station in Cleveland, Ohio — where she covered health, health policy and the business of health care. She won an Emmy as host of the station’s health care programming and was a regular contributor on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Tribble built her career as an award-winning business reporter at newspapers including The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and San Jose Mercury News. As a 2000 Kaiser Media Fellow, her reporting on prescription drug prices and Cuba’s health system appeared in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. | @SJTribble
Sarah Varney, Senior National Correspondent, 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 print publications and, more recently, PBS NewsHour. | @SarahVarney
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.
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
Bernard Wolfson, Managing Editor for California Healthline, served most recently as business editor of the Orange County Register. Previously, he was the Register’s health care business reporter, covering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the hospital and insurance industries, and biotechnology. Bernard also covered health care in a prior stint at the Register, from 1998 to 2005. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004, along with two colleagues, for a groundbreaking report on cost vs. quality at 30 hospitals in Orange County. After leaving the Register the first time, Bernard spent seven years as European Editor for Market News International in Paris, where he supervised a network of reporters covering the Eurozone debt crisis. Bernard is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian and has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. | @bjwolfson
Lydia Zuraw, Web Producer for California Healthline, joined KHN after two years at Food Safety News where she was Washington, D.C. Correspondent. There she covered federal food safety policy, outbreak investigations and research. Originally from Maryland, Lydia earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. | @lydiazuraw



Michelle Andrews, Contributing Columnist, writes the Insuring Your Health column for KHN. She has been writing about health care for more than 15 years. Her work has appeared frequently in The New York Times, where she wrote the Money and Medicine column and contributed regular news and features. Her work has also been published in Money, Fortune Small Business, National Geographic and Women’s Health magazines, among others. Michelle previously worked as a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report and at SmartMoney magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.