Peggy Girshman Fellowship – Kaiser Health News

Location: Washington, D.C.
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 Washington-based reporter to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (KHN), the national newsroom producing and distributing in-depth journalism about health issues across the country. KHN has a vibrant and ambitious staff based in Washington, D.C., California, Missouri, Colorado, Montana and Georgia.

We’d like someone who wants to be part of an ambitious, prize-winning and fast-growing organization. This position was established by KFF in March 2016 to honor the late Peggy Girshman, a founding executive editor of KHN.  It is designed for early career journalists with an interest in any and all aspects of the American health care system.

We are seeking a journalist with a strong interest in exposing the problems and illuminating possible solutions to one of the most pressing concerns of Americans:  health and health care, with an emphasis on diverse and underserved communities. We are looking for someone who can report and write perceptive stories on health policy, the health care industry and health care politics — and how they impact real people. A deep knowledge of our health care system is NOT a prerequisite, though some familiarity would help. What is essential? Curiosity, passion, a willingness to get out and pursue great stories. We want scoops; we want analyses; we really want lively people-centric features. It’s good to be a wonk, but we want one who sees the humanity in this job.

We need a self-starter who is a constant fountain of ideas. You’ll be surrounded by some of the most experienced and most admired health care journalists in the nation, so you will not lack guidance or role models. You can expect to collaborate with them on occasion on daily stories, big projects and investigations, but more often we’d want you to generate your own story ideas, report the stories and write them. It helps to have a few years of reporting experience (preferably with some experience covering health issues). Knowing how to tell stories with data is a plus and we have top-notch editors who will make your work even better. 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.

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and we have enviable health insurance and retirement benefits.

This full-time position will be based in KHN’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. This full-time position is for a renewable one-year term.

More about KHN and KFF:

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. With a staff of more than 60 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in California, D.C., Missouri, Colorado and Montana, plus dozens more freelance columnists, 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 (Kaiser Family Foundation). 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 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. KHN has won numerous journalism awards for its coverage. 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 also 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 and a cover letter explaining how your background matches the job requirements to Please submit these documents as separate attachments, labeled as “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”, and include “Peggy Girshman Fellowship” 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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