KHN Staff

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. Libby’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” (Penguin Random House, 2017), was a New York Times best-seller 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.



JoNel Aleccia

JoNel Aleccia, Senior Correspondent on the KHN enterprise team, focuses on aging and end-of-life issues. Before joining KHN in November 2016, she was a health reporter for more than a decade, covering regional and national news at outlets including The Seattle Times,, and Before that, she was a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in the Northwest. JoNel was a member of reporting teams that won National Press Club Awards for digital journalism focused on the Great Recession and on amputees in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. | @JoNel_Aleccia
Arthur Allen, editor for California Healthline, joined Kaiser Health News 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” (W.W. Norton, 2007); “Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato” (Counterpoint Press, 2010) and “The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl” (W.W. Norton, 2014). | @ArthurAllen202

Paula Andalo

Paula Andalo, Ethnic Media Editor, is focused on expanding KHN’s partnerships with Spanish-language media. She has more than 20 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, the Hispanic newspaper that belongs to 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 L.A. 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, the Worth Bingham Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Deborah has a B.A. 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, Ill., she previously worked at The Indianapolis Star, The Frederick (Md.) News-Post and the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.). 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. Her stories have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, 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 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 of Public Health degree. | @julie_appleby

Anna Maria Barry-Jester

Anna Maria Barry-Jester, a senior correspondent for California Healthline, is an enterprise reporter focusing on health disparities, public health and health care. She was previously a reporter with FiveThirtyEight, Univision and ABC News, and a freelance photographer and videographer. Her reporting on firearm deaths for FiveThirtyEight won the 2017 Communications Award from National Academies of Sciences. An investigation into an international epidemic of chronic kidney disease for the Center for Public Integrity won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sidney Hillman Foundation and the Society for Environmental Journalists. She has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and is a native of Michigan. | @annabarryjester

Emily Bazar

Emily Bazar, California News Editor 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

Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell is a Colorado Correspondent for KHN, based in Longmont. Previously, she was a radio reporter covering the region for the Mountain West News Bureau and KUNC. Before moving to Colorado, Bichell 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 the KHN 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 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

Damon Darlin

Damon Darlin, Executive Editor, has worked as a reporter and editor for a number of newspaper 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, Damon grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, graduated from the University of Chicago and remains a Midwesterner at heart. | @darlin

Heidi de Marco

Heidi de Marco, 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

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 different countries and his work has appeared in 99% Invisible, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and the UN Refugee Agency. Zach has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Zach is based in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. | @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 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

Chaseedaw Giles

Chaseedaw Giles, Social Media Manager, joined KHN in October 2017 from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). As ASM’s Social Media and Communications Specialist, she started the annual Agar Art contest where microbiologists draw on petri dishes with bacteria to create artwork. The international contest was featured in Huffington Post, Discover Magazine and USA Today. She wrote about using social media for science communication in ASM’s Cultures Magazine and taught social media workshops to microbiologists at ASM’s annual meeting. 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 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

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, epidemiologist, she volunteers on the wards at NYC Health + Hospitals’ Bellevue Hospital, which is affiliated with NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She has been a frequent guest on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC. She was an Assistant Commissioner of Health in New York City. Between 1998 and 2012, she studied tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Dr. Gounder 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

Jay Hancock

Jay Hancock, Senior Correspondent, 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

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, a military veteran and holds a master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. | @ahartreports

Markian Hawryluk

Markian Hawryluk is the senior Colorado correspondent for KHN, 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 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 Hillkirk

John Hillkirk, Senior Enterprise 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

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, came to KHN from The New York Times, where she covered Congress with a focus on the House of Representatives and, most recently, the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In 2015, she reported from the front lines of the nascent refugee crisis in Germany as part of the International Center for Journalists’ Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Emmarie also holds a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from Northwestern University’s Medill School, where she worked on an award-winning reporting 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

Victoria Knight

Victoria Knight, Reporter, covers Congress and a wide range of health care issues from Washington. She is KHN’s lead reporter working with Politifact to check the claims of politicians, advocates and companies on health care. Victoria is also a member of the 2022 class of the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship. Victoria is interested in exploring how health policy decisions in Washington impact every day Americans and keeping those who hold institutional power accountable. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Tennessee and holds a master’s degree in health journalism from the University of Georgia. | @victoriaregisk

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. Prior to the LA 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

Andy Miller

Andy Miller, interim Southern Bureau 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 codirected a health and environment reporting fellowship program for ethnic media journalists based in California. She has worked as an environment 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.

Hannah Norman

Hannah Norman, Digital Producer, 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, and her work has appeared in Al Jazeera, Yes! Magazine and Sierra Magazine. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016. | @hnorms

Lauren Olsen

Lauren Olsen, 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.

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. Prior to 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
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 is a data reporter at KHN. Before joining KHN, she worked at Bloomberg News as a data and graphics reporter, covering topics including health insurance policy and gender equity. She developed censusapi, an R package for easily retrieving U.S. Census data, and is an avid R programmer. She previously worked at the Urban Institute, including two years as a programmer on the Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics and a minor in epidemiology. | @hannah_recht

Sabriya Rice

Sabriya Rice, senior adviser for KHN’s Southern Bureau, 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. She is currently Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she trains young reporters interested in writing about health, medicine and science. | @sabriyarice

Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, is Chief Washington Correspondent. 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. Prior to 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

Fred Schulte

Fred Schulte, John A. Hartford Senior Correspondent on the enterprise team, 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, three 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 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

Krishna Sharma

Krishna Sharma, Assistant Social Media Manager, joined KHN in September 2021. Originally from Boston, he recently concluded an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship, during which he wrote environmental science stories for The Miami Herald. He recently earned his master’s in ecology from the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston University. He has published photography, poetry and journalism pieces as a freelancer. For his ecological research, he has gone from capturing monkeys in the Amazon rainforest and restoring coral reefs in Belize, to roaming the oil fields of Wyoming and co-leading climate change research for NASA. | @KrishnaS1241

Stephanie Stapleton

Stephanie Stapleton, Senior 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.

Liz Szabo

Liz Szabo, a senior correspondent and enterprise reporter who focuses on the quality of patient care, 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

Oona Tempest

Oona Tempest, Digital Producer and Illustrator, works on KHN’s websites and its social media. 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 received her BFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

A'ngela Thomas

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

Sarah Jane Tribble, Senior Correspondent, covers the pharmaceutical industry and specializes in digging into often-overlooked stories as part of the enterprise team. Since joining KHN, she has reported on the orphan drug industry and loopholes in the federal rule-making process, and created KHN’s first narrative podcast, “Where It Hurts.” 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, 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. | @sarahvarney4

Lexie Verdon

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.

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 the Columbia University 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 AP/KHN 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

Diane Webber

Diane Webber, is KHN’s National Editor for Broadcast. She manages KHN’s partnerships with NPR, PBS and a growing family of podcasts. Webber anchors the Bill of the Month, an ongoing, crowdsourced investigation in partnership with NPR and CBS This Morning. She joined KHN in 2011, after serving as the founding editor of Politico Pro’s health care vertical. 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

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

Bernard Wolfson

Bernard Wolfson, columnist and senior correspondent 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 B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. | @bjwolfson

Samantha Young

Samantha Young is the California Politics Correspondent for California Healthline, drawing on her 20 years of experience covering local, state and federal government. As a former reporter for The Associated Press, Samantha covered the California Legislature, statewide political campaigns and the state’s groundbreaking climate change law. She spent seven years in Washington, D.C., where she covered Congress for newspapers in the Stephens Media Group. Samantha has been recognized for both her explanatory and watchdog reporting of complex policy issues. She is graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia journalism school. | @youngsamantha

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; prepares photos and multimedia packages for partners; and assists in newsletter production. She was part of the KHN team to win a NIHCM Digital Media Award in 2018 for “The Orphan Drug Machine.” 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 degree 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, 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 degree in journalism from Columbia University.