About Us


Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. And we report on how the health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works.

In addition to this website, our stories are published by news organizations throughout the country. Our site also features daily summaries of major health care news.

We also produce the website and newsletters for California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, Calif., that is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman wrote this message about KHN when we launched in 2009.

Learn about our Editorial Policies.

KHN accepts no advertising and all original content is available to other news organizations and the public free of charge.

Neither KHN nor the Kaiser Family Foundation is affiliated with the health insurance company Kaiser Permanente.


Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, joined KHN in September 2016 after 22 years as a correspondent with The New York Times, where she covered a variety of beats, from health care to environment, and worked as a reporter in the Beijing bureau. While in China, she covered SARS, bird flu and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Rosenthal’s 2013-14 series, “Paying Till it Hurts,” won many prizes for both health reporting and its creative use of digital tools. Her book, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business And How You Can Take it Back,” published in April 2017. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School and briefly practiced medicine in a New York City emergency room before converting to journalism.

Christine Spolar, Executive Editor, joined KHN in June 2017. She has been a journalist for over three decades, most recently as investigations editor of the Financial Times. She has reported from war zones and on economic crises and has led award-winning investigations from London to Beijing to Washington. She was a correspondent for the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, where she was based in Washington, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Jerusalem, Cairo, Baghdad, London and Rome. She also worked in television — at CBS’s 60 Minutes II — and at websites — at Bloomberg News and the Huffington Post Investigation Fund. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School, she was a Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University and a Fulbright lecturer in Slovenia.

Meet the rest of the KHN Staff.


KHN has a distinguished National Advisory Committee who include:

  • Chairman: Leonard Downie, Jr., the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University; former executive editor, The Washington Post;
  • Jim Brady, CEO Stomping Ground and former editor-in-chief, Digital First Media;
  • Justin Ellis, Senior Editor, ESPN;
  • Mark Katches, editor, The Oregonian and VP for Content, Oregon Media Group; former editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch;
  • Kevin Klose, professor and former dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and former president of National Public Radio, Inc.;
  • Anne Kornblut, director of strategic communications, Facebook; former associate editor, The Washington Post;
  • Bill Kovach, founding chairman of Committee of Concerned Journalists, former executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution;
  • David Leonhardt, New York Times columnist; founding editor of The Upshot and former New York Times DC Bureau Chief;
  • Diana Mason, senior policy service professor and co-director of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing;
  • Arlene Morgan, visiting professor in the Department of Journalism and special assistant to the dean on external affairs, Temple University; former associate dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism;
  • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute;
  • Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune.


  • Karen Dunlap, former president and trustee of the Poynter Institute;
  • Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;
  • Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University;
  • Kevin Merida, senior vice president, ESPN and editor-in-chief, The Undefeated; former managing editor, The Washington Post;
  • Cathy Trost, vice president, Exhibits, Programs & Media Relations, Newseum; founding director of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families.


All original KHN material – articles, graphics, videos and some photos – can be used for free, if you credit us and link to us. Our stories appear in The Washington Post, USA Today and in many other publications, and KHN also has a continuing partnership with NPR and public radio stations around the country.


The California Health Care Foundation supports KHN’s coverage of health policy news in California, which includes production of California Healthline’s site and newsletters. The foundation seeks to improve how the health care delivery system provides affordable care to California residents.

KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The foundation aims to address the nation’s most pressing challenges using evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches; its areas of investment include information transparency.

The Blue Shield of California Foundation helps fund KHN coverage in California.  The foundation, funded by the insurer Blue Shield of California, seeks to improve Californians’ access to high-quality affordable health care and to end domestic violence.

The California Wellness Foundation supports KHN’s work with California ethnic media. The foundation makes grants to promote Californians’ health, wellness education and disease prevention.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation supports KHN’s coverage of health disparities in East Baltimore. The foundation aims to improve the lives of children, families and communities across the country.

KHN’s coverage of late life and geriatric care is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of older adults.

KHN’s coverage of children’s health care issues is supported in part by a grant from The Heising-Simons Foundation.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation helps fund KHN’s coverage of end-of-life and serious illness issues. The foundation seeks to use philanthropy to achieve positive, measurable outcomes for future generations.

KHN’s coverage of women’s health care issues is supported in part by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

KHN’s coverage of aging and long-term care issues is supported in part by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, based in Long Beach, Calif. The SCAN Foundation is an independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing a sustainable continuum of quality care for seniors that integrates medical treatment and human services with the greatest likelihood of a healthy, independent life.