California Correspondent – Kaiser Health News

Location: California, Southern California preferred
Status: Full Time
Program Area: Kaiser Health News

About the Job:

KFF, the non-profit health policy analysis, polling and journalism organization, is seeking a California-based correspondent to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (KHN), its editorially independent newsroom distributing in-depth coverage of health issues across the country. KHN has a vibrant and ambitious staff based in Washington, D.C., California, and many other states across the nation.

We are seeking an experienced, versatile reporter with a strong interest in health and health policy to produce stories for both California and national audiences, working as part of our California Healthline team. We want someone who can quickly turn around news and trend stories that are timely and have edge. We’d like you to be able to tackle accountability pieces and quick investigations, too. We want you to help infuse our coverage with bullet-proof reporting and thoughtful writing on the big health care issues affecting people in California and the country and also find the hidden stories that aren’t yet being written. Your job is to make sense of policy-making, breaking news and politics — and turn that knowledge into relatable stories about people for audiences not enmeshed in health care policy.

We’re seeking an enterprising self-starter who is a fountain of ideas. We’d like you to have five or more years of experience, preferably with some background in covering health issues. But experience in covering business is also a plus, as well as some facility to deploy data in the service of journalism. (We’d also value the ability to speak a second language such as Spanish or Chinese.) In short, we’ll be looking at the suite of your skills and interests, rather than one must-have quality.

You’ll be part of an ambitious and fast-growing organization of more than 75 collegial journalists. We have reporters and editors spread across the United States who will share ideas and collaborate with you. Your work will reach statewide and national audiences. We pay well and our benefits are unparalleled.

We’d prefer a person based in Southern California who already has sources and knowledge of issues in the region, but we are also willing to consider candidates who would need to relocate within or to California.

Tell us why you want to work at this great organization and why no one else could do this job better than you could. We’re excited to hear from you.

More about KHN and KFF:

KHN is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. With a staff of more than 75 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in Washington, D.C., California, Missouri, Colorado, Montana, and Georgia, plus dozens more freelance journalists, animators, web developers, photographers, and videographers around the nation, KHN is committed to in-depth reporting on health policy news. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF. KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation. KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. It has no connection with Kaiser Permanente.

KHN provides this coverage on khn.org as well as in partnership with other news organizations, including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NBC, and a host of other media outlets. All material is provided free of charge. In addition to publishing in-depth articles on new developments in the health care system and on national and local health care initiatives and debates, KHN produces daily briefings summarizing news coverage of health policy. For more than a decade, these reports have provided readers with daily updates on how the media are covering U.S. health care policy.

How to Apply:

If this opportunity interests you and you have the requisite experience and qualifications, please email your resume, clips, and a cover letter explaining how your background matches the job requirements to jobs@kff.org. Please submit these documents as separate attachments, labeled as “Last Name_First Name_Document Title,” and include “California Correspondent” in the subject line of your email.

KFF has an efficient applicant review process and will contact candidates who have applied for this position and whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job. No phone inquiries, please.

It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender-identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.

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