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Elisabeth Rosenthal

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 did a stint in the Beijing bureau. While in China, she covered SARS, bird flu, and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Her 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”), was a New York Times bestseller and a Washington Post notable book of the year. 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.



Rebecca Adams

Rebecca Adams, Deputy Partnerships Editor, was previously the health care editor at CQ Roll Call. Before becoming an editor, she covered all the major legislative health care battles starting in 1998, including the 2003 Medicare prescription drug law and the 2010 health care overhaul. She also did stints as an energy and the environment reporter and as a general domestic policy regulatory reporter. She has freelanced for many newspapers, magazines, and other news outlets, including The Washington Post and USA Today. Before coming to Washington in early 1998, Rebecca wrote for The Arizona Republic, The Chattanooga Times, and The Macon Telegraph. She was a stringer for The New York Times in Tennessee. She graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s in political science, and lives with her family and dog in Maryland. | @RebeccaAdamsDC

Arthur Allen

Arthur Allen, Senior Correspondent, writes about the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry as well as covid-related topics. He joined KHN in April 2020 after six years at Politico, where he created, edited, and wrote for the first health IT-focused news team. Previously, he was a freelance writer for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Lingua Franca magazine, The New Republic, Slate, and Salon. Earlier in his career, he worked for The Associated Press for 13 years, including stints as a correspondent based in El Salvador, Mexico, and Germany. He is the author of the books “Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver,” “Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato,” and “The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl.” | @ArthurAllen202

Paula Andalo

Paula Andalo, Ethnic Media Editor, is focused on expanding KHN’s partnerships with Spanish-language media. She has more than 25 years of experience as a health care writer and editor. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she began her career at Clarín newspaper, where she created an award-winning health section. She served as editor of El Tiempo Latino when the newspaper was owned by The Washington Post, and she was Spanish editor of the Pan American Health Organization. She was a Knight Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Kaiser Media Fellow. | @paula_andalo

Deborah Anderluh

Deborah Anderluh, California Enterprise Editor, is a 30-year news veteran. She was a reporter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and San Jose Mercury News before joining The Sacramento Bee for a career that included stints as city editor and senior editor for investigations. In 2013, she supervised the reporting team that uncovered Nevada’s practice of busing mentally ill patients across the nation, to cities where they had no ties. The investigation was awarded a George Polk Award and the Worth Bingham Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Deborah has a bachelor’s from Cornell University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Michigan. | @danderluh

Cara Anthony

Cara Anthony, Midwest Correspondent, comes to KHN after serving as a multimedia reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat. A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, she previously worked at The Indianapolis Star, The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, and the Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia). Cara co-moderated USA Today Network events during the 2016 election, and her six-part Belleville News-Democrat series titled “Then I Knew” about racism in America was nominated in 2018 for an Emmy. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University. | @CaraRAnthony

Julie Appleby

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. Before joining KHN, Julie spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA Today. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California. She helped launch the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism contest in 2004 and oversaw it for more than a decade while serving on the association’s board. She holds a master’s degree in public health. | @julie_appleby

Meghan Ashford-Grooms

Meghan Ashford-Grooms, Deputy Copy Chief, previously worked as a senior editor at the Urban Institute and FiveThirtyEight and as a reporter and copy editor at the Austin American-Statesman. At the Urban Institute, she edited research projects on a variety of topics, including homelessness, affordable housing, and community development. At FiveThirtyEight, she helped manage daily workflow and projects and worked closely with data journalists on articles, as well as static and interactive graphics. She has a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Emily Bazar

Emily Bazar, California News Editor, runs KHN’s team of reporters in California, where they cover the politics, business, and policy of health care. Emily, who was an award-winning reporter before becoming an editor, has focused on health care for more than a decade and wrote the “Ask Emily” column, helping consumers navigate the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act. She previously worked at the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting, USA Today, and The Sacramento Bee. She graduated from Stanford University. | @emilybazar

Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell, Colorado Correspondent for KHN, is based in Longmont. Previously, she was a radio reporter covering the region for the Mountain West News Bureau and KUNC. Before moving to Colorado, Rae Ellen worked for NPR. She spent brief but formative times in the newsrooms of Nashville Public Radio and KNKX in Seattle and has filed stories from Australia, Finland, and Lithuania. She is a graduate of Yale University. | @raelnb

Rachel Bluth

Rachel Bluth, Correspondent for California Healthline, covers the state legislature in Sacramento. She follows the politics of health care and covers the implications of health policies on Californians’ lives. From 2016 to 2019, Rachel reported on health care in Congress as the Peggy Girshman Fellow in KHN’s Washington, D.C., bureau. 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 holds a master’s degree from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. | @rachelhbluth

Terry Byrne

Terry Byrne, Copy Chief, is a veteran of newspapers and magazines — and their digital platforms — including USA Today, The Detroit News, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot, The (Newport News) Daily Press, and USA Weekend Magazine. There she served as copy desk chief and was on the founding team behind its Make A Difference Day volunteerism franchise. She has won awards for headline writing and has written for multiple publications about birding, climate change, parenting, and the fine arts. With roots in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico, she is a former Dow Jones Newspaper Fund scholarship recipient and a graduate of Michigan State University Honors College. | @terryism

Mary Agnes Carey

Mary Agnes Carey, Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent, oversees placement of KHN content in publications nationwide and covers health reform and federal health policy. Before joining KHN, Mary Agnes was associate editor of CQ HealthBeat, Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly, and a reporter with Dow Jones Newswires. A frequent radio and television commentator, she has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, the PBS NewsHour, and on NPR affiliates nationwide. Her stories have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today,,,, and The Daily Beast, among other publications. She worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. | @maryagnescarey

Daniel Chang

Daniel Chang, Florida Correspondent, covers Florida and the South. He joined KHN in August 2022 after 22 years at The Miami Herald, where his health care reporting focused on access to care for low-income patients; accountability of physicians, hospitals, and state health agencies; and the covid-19 pandemic. He co-reported the series, “Birth & Betrayal,” about a Florida program that shields doctors from liability for catastrophic birth-related injuries, which received a George Polk Award for state reporting, and he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse. A graduate of Florida International University, he is a native Floridian and fluent in Spanish. | @dchangmiami

Fred Clasen-Kelly

Fred Clasen-Kelly, Senior Correspondent, reports enterprise and investigative articles focused on the South from his base in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he wrote about housing, racial inequality, and social justice in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia for the USA Today Network and was on The Charlotte Observer’s investigation team. Clasen-Kelly started his career at his hometown newspaper, The Saginaw News, in Michigan, and later moved to The Indianapolis Star, covering law enforcement, courts, and local government. His work has been recognized with a Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism, the Annie E. Casey Medal, a Green Eyeshade Award, and other honors. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University. | @fred_ckelly

Damon Darlin

Damon Darlin, Executive Editor, has worked as a reporter and editor for a number of newspapers and magazines. He cut his teeth as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, which included stints as a foreign correspondent in Japan and Korea. He was an editor of the News You Can Use section of U.S. News & World Report and a technology magazine, Business 2.0. He created and wrote the Your Money column at The New York Times and later served as the paper’s technology editor in San Francisco before helping to start The Upshot. Although he loves the West Coast and Cape Cod, Damon grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, graduated from the University of Chicago, and remains a Midwesterner at heart. | @darlin

Colleen DeGuzman

Colleen DeGuzman, Peggy Girshman Fellow, is based in Austin, Texas, and reports on a broad range of public health topics. Previously, she was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. She also was a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune and reporter for The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas. She has had internships at NBC’s “Weekend Today” and Ashoka’s Washington bureau, and is an NPR Next Generation Radio mentee. | @acolleendg

Heidi de Marco

Heidi de Marco, Reporter and Producer for California Healthline, produces bilingual multimedia stories about California’s ethnic and low-income communities. Previously, she 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 before moving to India for a postgraduate program at the International Center for Journalists. She is a DePaul University graduate and received a certificate in Spanish-language broadcast journalism from UCLA. She was part of the KHN team to win a NIHCM Digital Media Award in 2018 for “The Orphan Drug Machine” and the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism in Business for the “Liquid Gold” series. | @heidi_demarco

Zach Dyer

Zach Dyer, Senior Producer, Audio, is responsible for the “American Diagnosis” and “Epidemic” podcasts. Before joining KHN, he was a producer and engineer with Just Human Productions. Zach started his journalism career as a reporter with The Tico Times newspaper in San José, Costa Rica. He has reported from four countries, and his work has appeared in 99% Invisible, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and the UN Refugee Agency. Zach has a bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in Latin American studies from the University of Texas-Austin. Zach is based in his hometown of St. Louis. | @zkdyer

Taunya English

Taunya English, Senior Editor, Broadcast Innovation, joined KHN to help shape the newsroom’s expanding audio offerings, including experimentation with podcasts and the longtime reporting partnership with NPR and its member stations. Previously, Taunya was editorial director of “The Pulse,” a national health and science radio show produced at WHYY in Philadelphia, where she commissioned audio stories from around the country. During 15-plus years as a health reporter, Taunya’s coverage focused on health policy, in particular the influence of neighborhood and economics on well-being. Taunya holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. | @taunyaenglish

Phil Galewitz

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 for 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, Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor’s in health planning and administration and a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in health policy from Penn State University. | @philgalewitz

Chaseedaw Giles

Chaseedaw Giles, Digital Strategy & Audience Engagement Editor, creates KHN’s social media campaigns and organizes events and panel discussions such as KHN-Hulu’s “Beyond the Script” to promote the newsroom’s breadth of health care and health policy expertise. Touching on issues at the intersection of health care, social media, and culture, her bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and more. Chaseedaw joined KHN in October 2017 from the American Society for Microbiology, where she worked as the organization’s Social Media and Communications Specialist and started the Shorty Award-nominated annual Agar Art contest. She is a Boston College graduate and received her Social Media Management certification at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. | @cgonsocial

Jenny Gold

Jenny Gold, Senior Correspondent, covers the health care industry, the Affordable Care Act, 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

Céline Gounder

Céline Gounder, Senior Fellow and Editor-at-Large for Public Health, is the creator and host of “American Diagnosis,” a podcast on health and social justice, and “Epidemic,” a podcast about infectious diseases, now produced by KHN. An internist, infectious disease specialist, and epidemiologist, she volunteers on the wards at NYC Health + Hospitals’ Bellevue Hospital, which is affiliated with NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She regularly appears on CBS News programs on all of the network’s platforms by special arrangement, part of a larger editorial partnership to bring KHN’s on-the-ground reporting from across the nation to CBS. She was an Assistant Commissioner of Health in New York City. From 1998 to 2012, she studied tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Céline also served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. | @celinegounder

Holly Hacker

Holly Hacker, Data Editor, previously was an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News, writing stories and analyzing data about health care, housing, education, politics and business. Holly also spent many years covering education there as well as for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ventura County Star in California. She’s a Colorado native with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. | @hollyhacker

Rashida Hamm

Rashida Hamm, Administrative Coordinator for KHN, manages contracts and payments for KHN’s freelance writers and photographers and handles overall logistics for the news staff. She has been with KFF for eight years, so she knows the answer to any question staffers have or can point them in the right direction to get their questions answered. Rashida holds a master’s degree in communications from California State University-San Bernardino. Beaches, she says, are her “happy place.”

Eric Harkleroad

Eric Harkleroad, Digital Producer, works on KHN’s websites, preparing articles and their visuals for publication. Before joining KHN, Eric interned as a visual journalist for Education Week and Voice of America and worked as a data journalist for Capital News Service, where he sharpened his programming skills in R and worked on an investigation into Baltimore’s sewage backup reimbursement program. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. | @eric_radio

Angela Hart

Angela Hart, Senior Correspondent, covers health care politics and policy in California and the West, with a focus on California Gov. Gavin Newsom, government accountability, and political influence. She has been reporting on health care for more than five years, and has won awards for her work on homelessness, public health, and the covid-19 pandemic. Previously, she worked for Politico and The Sacramento Bee. She is a Wisconsin native and a military veteran and holds a master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. | @ahartreports

Markian Hawryluk

Markian Hawryluk Senior Colorado Correspondent for KHN, is based in Denver. He has reported on health care for more than 25 years, writing for such publications as the Houston Chronicle, American Medical News, and, most recently, The (Bend, Ore.) Bulletin. He has won numerous awards for his health reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists and in 2009 won Oregon’s top reporting prize, the Bruce Baer Award for investigative journalism. In 2013, he was named a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. | @MarkianHawryluk

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 analyses 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 Hillkirk

John Hillkirk, Senior Enterprise Editor, was a reporter or editor at USA Today for 33 years before joining KHN in 2016. John’s reporting team at KHN has won multiple national honors including a Gerald Loeb Award, the Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism, the Batten Medal from the News Leaders Association, a Murrow Award, two National Press Club awards, and recognitions as finalists for the Goldsmith and the Pulitzer Prize. At USA Today, he led the newspaper’s investigations team, which won two Investigative Reporters & Editors silver medals, a Gerald Loeb, and a duPont-Columbia prize, and placed as a Pulitzer finalist. Before that, John was USA Today’s editor-in-chief for three years and executive editor for five years. 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

Katheryn Houghton

Katheryn Houghton, Montana Correspondent, is covering all things health care across the state for KHN. That includes health policy and politics, access to treatment, and the business of health care. She owes her health reporting start to years spent in daily newsrooms, including those of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Daily Inter Lake. She’s been an Association of Health Care Journalists fellow and a Solutions Journalism Network grantee. She is a graduate of the University of Montana. | @K_Hought

Emmarie Huetteman

Emmarie Huetteman, Correspondent, writes about women’s and children’s health. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting on the federal government, most recently covering surprise medical bills, drug pricing reform, and other health policy debates in Washington and on the campaign trail. Emmarie came to KHN from The New York Times, where she covered Congress. Raised in Georgia, she is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she worked on an award-winning project on the national security implications of climate change. | @emmarieDC

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson, Enterprise Editor, manages projects related to acute care for seniors, serious illness care, end-of-life issues, prescription drug pricing, the pharmaceutical industry, and more. She previously was the Sunday Business editor at The Washington Post, where she edited stories about big personalities and big ideas that spanned the worlds of business, energy, health care, technology, taxes, Wall Street, economics, policy, and leadership. Kelly is a native of South Dakota and taught college-level journalism to and mentored Native American students. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. | @makefinestories

Brett Kelman

Brett Kelman, Correspondent, joined KHN after 15 years of beat reporting at three newspapers in the USA Today Network, most recently covering health care, the opioid crisis, and the coronavirus pandemic for The Tennessean in Nashville. At The Pacific Daily News in Guam, his reporting was directly responsible for the arrest of three police officers who aided in a human trafficking conspiracy. In California, he was a contributor to The Wall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of the border wall proposed by former president Donald Trump. He is a graduate of the University of Florida. | @BrettKelman

Noam N. Levey

Noam N. Levey, Senior Correspondent, joined KHN in January 2021 after 17 years at the Los Angeles Times, the last 12 as the paper’s national health care reporter based in Washington, D.C. Noam has reported on health care issues from more than three dozen states and four continents and won numerous honors, including the prestigious NIHCM award for his 2019 series “Inside America’s High-Deductible Revolution.” He has also been published in Health Affairs, JAMA, and The Milbank Quarterly. Noam started his career at newspapers in Duluth, Minnesota; Montgomery, Alabama; and the United Arab Emirates. Before his stint at the L.A. Times, he was an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. Noam has a degree in history and Near Eastern studies from Princeton University. | @NoamLevey

Tony Leys

Tony Leys, Rural Editor/Correspondent, is based in Des Moines, where he worked 33 years as a reporter and editor for The Des Moines Register. Tony was the Register’s lead health care reporter for more than 20 years and served four terms as a board member for the Association of Health Care Journalists. He is an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. | @tonyleys

Judy Lin

Judy Lin, Deputy California News Editor, helps direct KHN’s coverage of California and assists with ethnic media partnerships. Judy was assistant editor at CalMatters, where she directed the award-winning California Divide project, a collaboration among multiple newsrooms focused on poverty and income inequality. She reported on Sacramento policy and politics for more than a decade for The Associated Press and The Sacramento Bee. Early on, she covered Detroit City Hall for The Detroit News. She’s a long-standing member of the Asian American Journalists Association and graduated from the University of Southern California. | @ByJudyLin

Tarena Lofton

Tarena Lofton, Audience Engagement Producer, leads content creation for KHN’s daily health care and health policy stories and promotes that content across social platforms. She joined KHN in May 2019 as a social media intern and was soon promoted to assistant social media manager. In July 2021, she was hired as a strategic communications specialist by a top government relations and strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in multimedia design and podcast production, but returned to KHN in summer 2022. An Indiana native, Tarena is a proud graduate of Indiana University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. | @tarena_social

Andy Miller

Andy Miller, Senior Editor, has been a health care journalist for 29 years. Miller graduated from Duke in 1973 and received a master’s in education from Duke in 1979. He was a social studies teacher and basketball coach before switching careers to journalism. He entered the master’s in journalism program at University of North Carolina in 1984. He was hired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he had editing and reporting positions before switching to health care in 1992. He covered that beat until 2009, when he retired. He launched Georgia Health News in 2010, where he continued as editor and CEO until Georgia Health News joined KHN. | @gahealthnews

Ngoc Nguyen

Ngoc Nguyen, Ethnic Media Editor, leads an initiative to develop and expand editorial collaborations with ethnic media statewide for KHN and California Healthline. She previously worked as an editor and reporter for New America Media, a national nonprofit news service for ethnic media, where she co-directed a health and environmental reporting fellowship program for ethnic media journalists based in California. She has worked as an environmental reporter for The Sacramento Bee and an assistant producer for Marketplace. She is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and California State University-Northridge.

Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez

Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez, Correspondent, is a reporter for KHN’s rural health desk based in Elko, Nevada. She explores the ways health issues affect communities in rural areas, including food security, climate change, and agriculture practices. Jazmin joined KHN from The Nevada Independent, where she focused on the state’s Latino and Native American communities. She completed the Poynter Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship in 2021 and was a fellow in the 2019 cohort of the NPR Next Generation Radio Bootcamp. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, in journalism and in Spanish literature and culture, from the University of Nevada-Reno. | @jazmin1orozco

Hannah Norman

Hannah Norman, Video Producer and Visual Reporter, joined KHN after a stint covering health care for the San Francisco Business Times. Previously, she was a fellow at AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s event branch. Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera, Fortune, NBC News, CNN, and other national outlets. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016. | @hnorms

Photo of Nathan Payne by Lisa Abitbol/Nieman Foundation for Journalism

Nathan Payne, Regional Editor, is based in Traverse City, Michigan. He joined KHN after 17 years working in local news, including as the regional editor for investigations for CNHI News and executive editor for the Traverse City Record-Eagle. In those roles, he worked to build partnerships with Report for America and expand coverage of Indigenous communities with the Mishigamiing Journalism Project. His newsrooms have won a variety of honors, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. He was a 2019 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Aneri Pattani

Aneri Pattani, Correspondent, reports on a broad range of public health topics, focusing on mental health and substance use. Her work spans text and audio stories, and she has been heard on NPR and Science Friday. Her stories have received national recognition, including a 2021 award from the Institute for Nonprofit News for reporting on the flawed oversight of addiction treatment facilities in Pennsylvania. She was also part of a team that received the News Leaders Association’s 2021 Batten Medal for Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Before joining KHN, Pattani wrote for Spotlight PA, a collaborative newsroom investigating the Pennsylvania state government. She was a 2019 recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. | @aneripattani

Rachana Pradhan

Rachana Pradhan, Correspondent, reports on a broad array of national health policy decisions and their effect on everyday Americans. She came to KHN from Politico, where for five years she covered health care policy and politics on national and state levels. Rachana has been involved in several high-impact projects in her time as a health care reporter, including an investigation into former HHS Secretary Tom Price’s extensive use of private jets at taxpayers’ expense. The investigation, which resulted in Price’s resignation, was a 2018 finalist for the American Society of News Editors’ O’Brien Fellowship Award and earned an honorable mention in the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Edgar A. Poe award. Rachana’s other reporting stints include covering city government for The Daily Progress newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia, and reporting on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for Inside Health Policy, a health care trade publication. She graduated from James Madison University. | @rachanadixit

Renuka Rayasam

Renuka Rayasam, Senior Correspondent, joined KHN in April 2022 from Politico, where she wrote for the magazine, covered Texas policy and politics, and helped launch a daily covid-19 briefing called “Nightly.” She has worked for the Austin American-Statesman and U.S. News & World Report. She also spent six years freelancing from Berlin, Germany, where she wrote for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in German and political economy from the University of California-Berkeley. | @renurayasam

Jordan Rau

Jordan Rau, Senior Correspondent, reports on cost and quality in the American health care system with a focus on hospitals and nursing homes. He joined KHN at its founding in 2009 and specializes in data journalism. His articles have revealed: rampant infection control problems in nursing homes; dangerous daily swings in staffing levels in nursing homes; hospitals that do not follow their own charity care policies; byzantine ownership structures of skilled nursing facilities; and the proliferating and contradictory “best hospital” rating industry. On occasion he has digressed to write about the joys of remote schooling and the pretensions of children’s art. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he previously worked as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. | @jordanrau
Hannah Recht, Data Reporter, covers health care by assembling databases, digging through documents, analyzing data, and talking to people, too. She was a member of the KHN-AP public health reporting team on the Underfunded and Under Threat project that won the Online News Association’s Award for Investigative Data Journalism and an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. She regularly publishes open data and code alongside her stories for other journalists to use in their own reporting. Previously a data and graphics reporter at Bloomberg News, she graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s in mathematics and statistics and a minor in epidemiology. | @hannah_recht

Sabriya Rice

Sabriya Rice, Southern Bureau Chief, focuses on bolstering health coverage about equity, race, and poverty in the South and Texas. Previously, she wrote about the business of health care for The Dallas Morning News, covered quality and safety issues in U.S. hospitals and health systems for Modern Healthcare, and produced television and digital medical news stories for CNN. Most recently, she was the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia, where she trained young reporters interested in writing about health, medicine, and science. Rice is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists board of directors, where she serves as board secretary and co-chair of the Right to Know Committee. | @sabriyarice

Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent and host of KHN’s weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” She 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. Before working at NPR, Julie covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations. | @jrovner

Bram Sable-Smith

Bram Sable-Smith, Midwest Correspondent, joined KHN after eight years covering public health and the social safety net for Wisconsin Public Radio; The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; KBIA in Columbia, Missouri; and as a founding reporter of Side Effects Public Media, a public media reporting collaborative in the Midwest. He also taught radio journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His reporting has received national recognition, including two Edward R. Murrow Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, and two health policy awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists. | @besables

Christina Saint Louis

Christina Saint Louis, Correspondent, covers rural health care. Based in Minneapolis, she reports primarily on the Upper Midwest. She joined KHN from the Star Tribune’s public safety team, where she reported on policing and crime in Minneapolis. Originally from Stuart, Florida, she was previously an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald after having become the first recipient of its Esserman-Knight Investigative Journalism Fellowship. She received her master’s degree from the Toni Stabile Program in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. | @cnsaintlouis

Lauren Sausser

Lauren Sausser, South Carolina Correspondent, covers health care across the South as a member of KHN’s Southern Bureau. She is based in Charleston, where she previously spent nine years covering health care at The Post and Courier. A graduate of Clemson University and Columbia University, she has received awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and other groups. In 2016, she was part of a team of reporters who were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. In 2017, she was recognized as Reporter of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association. | @laurenmsausser

Fred Schulte

Fred Schulte, an investigative reporter, has worked at The Baltimore Sun, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and the Center for Public Integrity. He is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for stories including those that exposed excessive heart surgery death rates in veterans’ hospitals, substandard care by health insurance plans treating low-income people, and the hidden dangers of cosmetic surgery in medical offices. Fred has received the George Polk Award, two Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, four Gerald Loeb Awards for business writing, and two Philip Meyer Awards. The University of Virginia graduate is the author of “Fleeced!” | @fredschulte

Lynne Shallcross

Lynne Shallcross, Digital Editor, joined KHN after earning a master’s 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

Stephanie Stapleton, Senior Editor, has 20 years of experience covering health care. She started with KHN when it launched in 2009. Before that, 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.

Liz Szabo

Liz Szabo, Senior Correspondent, is an enterprise reporter who focuses on the quality of patient care and has covered medicine for two decades. Her stories about cancer and overtreatment for KHN have won numerous awards, including first place in the National Headliner Awards. She also was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb and NIHCM (National Institute for Health Care Management) awards. Before coming to KHN, Szabo covered medicine for USA Today for nearly 13 years. Her coverage of mental health and the link between poor health and substandard housing helped her earn the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2016. Her investigation of dangerous doctors, written while working at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2002, won two National Press Club awards and led Virginia lawmakers to toughen state laws for disciplining physicians. | @lizszabo

Darius Tahir

Darius Tahir, Correspondent, is based in Washington, D.C., and reports on health technology with an eye toward how it helps (or doesn’t) underserved populations; how it can be used (or not) to help government’s public health efforts; and whether or not it’s as innovative as it’s cracked up to be. He joins KHN after stints with Politico, Modern Healthcare, and The Gray Sheet. He’s a graduate of Stanford University and grew up in Rochester, New York. | @dariustahir

Oona Tempest

Oona Tempest, Digital Producer and Illustrator, works on KHN’s websites and its social media team. Based in New York City, she built the visual vocabulary for the “American Diagnosis” and “Epidemic” podcasts. Before pivoting to apply her artist’s sensibility to public health journalism, she trained as a sushi chef and ran an acclaimed one-woman chef’s tasting restaurant in Manhattan. She earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Sarah Jane Tribble

Sarah Jane Tribble, Senior Correspondent, is the lead national reporter on KHN’s rural health desk. No stranger to the beat, she created KHN’s first narrative podcast, “Where It Hurts.” about the closure of a rural Kansas hospital. An Emmy winner, she has received honors for her work from the National Press Club, the National Institute for Health Care Management, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Before joining KHN, she covered the health industry in Cleveland for NPR and PBS, and spent more than a decade as a reporter for major newspapers from the Carolinas to California. | @sjtribble

Sarah Varney

Sarah Varney, Senior Correspondent, is an enterprise reporter with a special focus on racial and ethnic health disparities and the impacts of federal and state health laws on vulnerable populations, including children. Sarah is an accomplished journalist on multiple platforms, adapting her reporting and storytelling techniques for print, radio, and TV. As a KHN correspondent, she regularly produces segments for PBS NewsHour. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and KHN’s other print partners. | @sarahvarney4

Matt Volz

Matt Volz, Mountain States Editor, coordinates KHN coverage and partnerships in Montana and Colorado from his base in Helena, Montana. He joined KHN in July 2020 after spending 18 years as a correspondent and editor for The Associated Press in Montana, New York, Alaska, and Mississippi. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and worked for a humanitarian aid organization in Kosovo after NATO’s intervention in the Balkans in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. | @mattvolz

Lauren Weber

Lauren Weber, Midwest Correspondent, writes about the public health challenges, supply chain scrambles, rural health ramifications, and equity issues associated with the covid-19 pandemic from her hometown of St. Louis. She was a member of the KHN-AP reporting team on the Underfunded and Under Threat project on public health that won a gold AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the Online News Association’s University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism. Formerly a health policy reporter for HuffPost based in Washington, D.C., while there she created “The Morning Email,” a weekday rundown of the news, and was the distinctive voice of HuffPost on Amazon Echo. She was a 2017 USC Annenberg Health Journalism National Fellow. | @LaurenWeberHP

Kytja Weir

Kytja Weir, National Editor, leads KHN’s state-based coverage. Before joining KHN in February 2019, she led the state politics team at the Center for Public Integrity. The team partnered with The Associated Press, USA Today, and NPR, among others, on investigative pieces diving into the politics behind the opioid crisis, soaring Medicaid drug prices and more. Their work won multiple honors, including from the National Press Club, the Online News Association, Gerald Loeb Awards, and the Association of Health Care Journalists. She previously was a local news reporter for the Washington Examiner, The Charlotte Observer, and The Boston Globe. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. | @kytja

Sam Whitehead

Sam Whitehead, Correspondent, covers the South for KHN from his base just outside Atlanta. He previously worked as a health care reporter for WABE, where he chronicled the covid-19 pandemic as host of the award-winning podcast “Did You Wash Your Hands?” Before that, he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in radio host at Georgia Public Broadcasting. He co-founded a long-running nightly news program on WRFI Community Radio in Ithaca, New York. He’s a graduate of Emory University. | @sclaudwhitehead

Bernard Wolfson

Bernard Wolfson, Senior Correspondent and columnist for California Healthline, reports on the business of health care and writes a monthly consumer health column, “Asking Never Hurts.” Previously, Bernard was the business editor of the Orange County Register and its health care reporter, covering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, along with two Register colleagues, for a groundbreaking report on cost vs. quality at 30 local hospitals. He also spent seven years as European editor for Market News International in Paris, where he supervised coverage of the eurozone debt crisis. Bernard holds a bachelor’s from the University of California-Berkeley and a master’s in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. | @bjwolfson

Samantha Young

Samantha Young, Senior Correspondent, is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience who covers health care politics and policy in California, focusing on government accountability and industry influence. As a former reporter for The Associated Press, Samantha covered the California legislature and the Schwarzenegger administration, statewide political campaigns and the state’s groundbreaking climate change law. She spent seven years in Washington, D.C., where she covered Congress and the federal government for newspapers in the Stephens Media Group. She is graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia journalism school. | @youngsamantha

Lauren Zamarron

Lauren Zamarron, Newsletter Editor for California Healthline’s Daily Edition and KHN’s Morning Briefing and First Edition, joined KHN in June 2020 after 16 years as a copy editor at USA Today. She also worked on the copy and wire desks at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, The Roanoke Times, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and The Florida Times-Union. She has won several awards for headline writing, and her opinion stories have appeared in USA Today. Lauren also taught copy editing and reporting at the University of Maryland and the University of Richmond. Based in Ohio, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and bleeds orange and blue.

Arielle Zionts

Arielle Zionts, Rural Health Care Correspondent, is based in South Dakota. She primarily covers South Dakota and its neighboring states and tribal nations. Arielle previously worked at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, where she reported on business and economic development. Before that, she was the criminal justice reporter at the Rapid City Journal and a general assignment reporter at the Nogales International, on the border of Arizona and Mexico. She graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Arielle lives in Rapid City with her cat, Sully. | @Ajzionts

Lydia Zuraw

Lydia Zuraw, Producer for California Healthline, prepares stories for online publication and helps maintain the websites for both California Healthline and KHN. She creates data visualizations, interactive elements, and illustrations; and prepares photos and multimedia packages for partners. She was part of the award-winning team to produce “Lost on the Frontline” in 2020 and 2021. Lydia joined KHN after two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Food Safety News, where she covered federal food-safety policy, outbreak investigations and research. Originally from Maryland, she earned her bachelor’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. | @lydiazuraw



Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews is a contributing writer and former columnist 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.

Judith Graham

Judith Graham, a contributing columnist, writes the “Navigating Aging” column for KHN. She has covered health care for more than 30 years. She’s been an investigative reporter, national correspondent and senior health reporter at the Chicago Tribune and a regular contributor to The New York Times’ New Old Age blog. Judith was the first topic leader on aging for the Association of Health Care Journalists. Her work has appeared in publications including Stat News, The Washington Post, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She is a graduate of Harvard College and has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.