Past Kaiser Media Fellows
Raney Aronson, producer, FRONTLINE/WGBH, New York City
Project: Alternative medicine.
“The Alternative Fix,” FRONTLINE
Bob Davis, medical and science writer, USA Today
Project: Variations in the nation’s emergency medical systems and their impacts on survival rates.
“Six Minutes to Live or Die,” USA Today series on the EMS crisis
Don Finley, science, medicine, and environment editor, The San Antonio Express-News
Project: Obesity in the U.S.
“The Supersize Crisis: Obesity in America,” The San Antonio Express-News (12/8/2002 – 12/15/2002)
Merrill Goozner, freelance journalist and associate professor of journalism, New York University
Project: The sources and costs of pharmaceutical innovation.
“Medicine as a Luxury,” The American Prospect, (Vol. 13, Issue 1, 1/1/2001 – 1/14/2001)
Andrew Julien, health/medical writer, The Hartford Courant
Project: The influence of social and economic forces on children’s health.
“GenStress: A Landscape of Pain,” The Cartford Courant (12/15/2002 – 12/18/2002)
Andy Miller, health care business reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Project: Indoor air quality and its effects on health in the home and workplace.
“Sick Buildings: A Special Report,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution (7/20/2003)
John A. Cutter, freelance health/aging writer, St. Petersburg, FL
Project: Alzheimer’s disease–prevention research, access to new treatments, and the impact of the disease on patients and their families.
Forgetful, Fearing Alzheimer’s and Hoping for a Cure, New York Times (6/24/2001)
Living with Alzheimer’s, Copley News Service (6/20/2001)
Importing Prescription Drugs Potentially Dangerous Rx, Copley News Service (6/13/2001)
‘Safe’ Does Not Mean ‘Risk-Free’ to FDA, Copley News Service (6/6/2001)
Progress on Prescription Issue Will Require Give and Take, Copley News Service (2/7/2001)
Mason L. Essif, segment producer, Health Week-PBS, Washington, DC
Project: The e-revolution in health care–how the Internet is affecting access and quality of health information, communication between providers and patients, and medical commerce.
Sarah Lunday, health care industry reporter, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Project: The impact of prescription drugs on the health care industry–financial, ethical, medical and political.
Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D., freelance medical journalist and physician, Boston, MA
Project: Television reporting of health and medical news–a critical look at the content and accuracy of medical news coverage, and its impact on medical decision-making.
Stephen Smith, managing editor & correspondent, American RadioWorks, Minnesota Public Radio
Project: The apparent epidemic of depressive illness in the U.S. and worldwide–possible causes, emerging treatments and the varying social responses to mental illness.
Karl Stark, health care business reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Project: The quality of medical care–what data can really help doctors provide high quality treatment, and help patients find good care?
Fred de Sam Lazaro, correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; executive producer; KTCA-Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, MN
Project: The role of international medical graduates in providing health care in under-served urban centers and rural areas in the U.S.
Linda Wright Moore, editorial writer, The Philadelphia Daily News
Project: Disparities in health status and access to medical care between black and white Americans.
Charles Ornstein, health business reporter, The Dallas Morning News
Project: The evolving role of employers in the health care system-what role should they play in providing benefits for employees, retirees and their families?
Joe Palca, correspondent, science desk, National Public Radio
Project: How clinical trials work-the ethical, medical, financial and societal issues involved.
Neil Rosenberg, senior medical reporter, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Project: Differences in health care treatment due to race, gender and age
Brenda Wilson, correspondent and editor for public health, health policy and medicine, National Public Radio
Project: AIDS and HIV prevention efforts in South Africa-attitudes toward sexuality, Western medicine, death and disease-and the implications for the U.S.
Douglas E. Beeman, health care reporter, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA
Project: Assessing the health of California’s evolving health care safety net and its implications for the nation.
Kathleen Day, business reporter, The Washington Post
Project: The marketing of prescription drugs and the economics of drug pricing.
Andrew Holtz, independent television health and medical reporter, Portland, OR
Project: How the news media and public health education campaigns affect health behaviors, specifically tobacco use.
Madge Kaplan, Health Desk Editor/Boston Bureau Chief, Marketplace Radio/WGBH
Project: Investigating changes in the health care workforce and their impact on health care delivery and patient care.
Josephine Marcotty, health/science Editor, The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN
Project: The transformation in the treatment and understanding of mental illness.
Joan Mazzolini, investigative reporter, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH
Project: VA health care–how well are veterans’ medical centers serving those who served us?
1997 Kaiser Media Fellows
Debra Gordon, medical writer, The Virginian-Pilot
Project: Community coalitions; tracking grass root efforts to address child and maternal health problems.
Jon Hamilton, freelance health policy writer
Project: An in-depth look at states that have implemented experimental Medicaid managed care programs.
Leslie Laurence, syndicated health columnist, and writer, Glamour magazine
Project: The impact of urban hospital closings on local communities.
Christopher Ringwald, demographics and mental health reporter, The Times Union (Albany, NY)
Project: The challenges and debate facing alcoholism and addiction treatment programs; what works, why, and how to measure results.
Joanne Silberner, health policy correspondent, National Public Radio
Project: How public health research becomes health policy; from academia to the streets.
Tammie Smith, health reporter, The Tennessean
Project: How the major black medical colleges in the U.S. are faring in a changing health care environment; focused on Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, and Drew.
1996 Kaiser Media Fellows
Lisa Aliferis, producer, KPIX-TV (San Francisco)
Project: Death and dying; focus includes hospice care, physician assisted suicide, and differences in cultural perspectives.
Susan FitzGerald, medical writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Project: Children’s health issues: growing up in the inner city.
Samuel Orozco, news/satellite director, Radio Bilingue
Project: Mental health issues facing Latino immigrants in the U.S.
Eugene Richards, photo-journalist and author
Project: The consequences of child abuse.
Joseph P. Shapiro, senior editor, U.S. News & World Report
Project: Long-term care; creating a system of care that is safe, appropriate, affordable and maximizes independence.
Mark Taylor, health reporter, Post-Tribune (Gary, Indiana)
Project: Impact of state and federal legislation on healthcare for disadvantaged populations.
1995 Kaiser Media Fellows
Chris Adams, reporter, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Project: The impact of the for-profit hospital chains in the changing medical marketplace.
Leon Dash, reporter, The Washington Post
Project: Six generations of underclass life in a family.
Jonathan Freedman, author, columnist; freelance contributor, Los Angeles Times Commentary Page
Projects: Comprehensive child-development programs; a television documentary profiling families who overcome poverty; prostate cancer; a book empowering men to confront treatment dilemmas and make healthy choices.
Judith Graham, business writer, The Denver Post
Project: The restructuring of the health care industry.
Lani Luciano, staff writer, Money magazine
Project: Medical quality measures; how real, how useful, how welcome?
Patricia Neighmond, health policy correspondent, National Public Radio
Project: Managed care; its implications for patients and their doctors; and the economics of health care.
1994 Kaiser Media Fellows
Jeanne Blake, Documentary producer and author
Project: Sexuality and the threat of HIV to young people.
Janet Firshein, Editor, Medicine & Health
Project: Training more primary care doctors; the challenge facing the nation’s medical schools and academic health centers.
Carol Gentry, medical writer, St. Petersburg Times
Project: Managed care and HMOs; the impact on the care doctors provide and patients receive.
Angela Mitchell, freelance writer and author
Project: African-Americans and the AIDS epidemic.
Rita Rubin, associate editor, U.S. News & World Report
Project: An examination of the appropriateness of care given to women.
Steven Sternberg, freelance health policy writer
Project: The implications; medical, legal, and societal; of emerging infectious diseases.
1993 Kaiser Media Fellows
Lisa Belkin, healthcare reporter, The New York Times
Project: Family practice in inner-cities; examining innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining family doctors in U.S. inner-cities.
Mary Flannery, health and medical reporter, The Philadelphia Daily News
Project: The provision of day treatment programs for adults with mental illness; primarily focused on the clubhouse model at Fountain House in New York, and it effectiveness as a treatment option in other U.S. cities.
Julie Kosterlitz, staff correspondent, The National Journal
Project: The Clinton health reform plan; an in-depth analysis of the issues, the legislation, the political process, the results.
Linda Roach Monroe, health and medicine reporter, The Miami Herald
Project: Cultural barriers to medical care in the U.S., and the implications for medical providers and others (including the media), starting with Hispanic communities.
Rebecca Perl, former health and science reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Project: Smoking and health; advertising, marketing and lobbying activities of the U.S. tobacco industry, nationally and internationally, and their impact and future implications for specific populations and target groups.
Stuart Schear, health and science reporter, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
Project: issues in health reform beyond the legislative process; the implications of moving toward managed care and competition for patients, practioners, administrators, and providers.
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