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The Kaiser Media Internships in Health: 2012 Kaiser Media Interns


In 2012, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sponsored 16 summer internships for journalists interested in specializing in health and health policy reporting. The internships program provides journalists just starting their reporting careers with an in-depth introduction to and practical experience on the specialist health beat – with a particular focus on diverse and immigrant communities. Many interns had recently graduated from undergraduate or graduate school, and were selected by the participating news organizations. It was an intensive 12-week program that combines briefings and site visits with practical reporting experience.

The program began in early June with a week-long briefing in Washington, D.C., where the interns met with a wide range of health policy experts, health providers, and senior health reporters and editors. Briefings focused on national trends and health-related statistics as well as local demographic, cultural, economic and epidemiological factors that affect health issues in the cities where the interns are working during the summer. Interns were then based at their news organizations for 10 weeks where they reported on health, health policy, and medical issues. The program ended in late August with a 3-day meeting and site visits in Boston, including a detailed critique of each intern’s print, video, or audio clips by a group of senior health journalists.

Orientation and Critique Session Agenda 2012

While reporting for these news organizations, the interns produced a considerable number of stories, which are showcased on Tumblr. Selected works by each intern are also available by clicking on his or her name.

Helen Shen
The Boston Globe

Joanna Nolasco
The Charlotte Observer

Alvin H. Tran
KQED Public Radio, San Francisco

Carol Kim
KTVU/2-TV, San Francisco-Oakland

Erin Loury
Los Angeles Times

Aisha Qidwae
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jessica Camille Aguirre
NPR, Washington, D.C.

Keldy Ortiz
The Oregonian

Sarah Khan
The Orlando Sentinel

Allyn Gaestel
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Casey Capachi
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

Salimah Ebrahim
Reuters, Washington D.C.

Kibkabe Araya
The Seattle Times

Daniela Hernandez
Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Maki Balite Somosot
The Times-Picayune

Alyssa Botelho
The Washington Post