David Rousseau is Publisher of Kaiser Health News (KHN) and is KFF’s Executive Director of Journalism and Information Technology. KHN is one of KFF’s four primary operating programs and the largest health newsroom in the U.S. A member of KFF’s top staff, Mr. Rousseau oversees all aspects of KHN, working with KFF’s CEO, including strategic directions, budget, fundraising, recruitment and staffing, partnerships, and operations. He has presided over a dramatic expansion of KHN as Publisher including the establishment of multiple regional bureaus, KHN’s investigatory group, and numerous specialized reporting desks. A journalism, health policy, and technology expert, Mr. Rousseau also oversees KFF’s IT operations and is currently working with KFF’s CEO to develop a new program area focusing on health disinformation.
Mr. Rousseau moved to KFF’s California Headquarters in 2011 to become Vice President and Executive Director of Health Policy Media and Technology, where in addition to overseeing all journalism and technology activities at KFF, he also directed all online and digital operations. He led the development of the current kff.org, khn.org, and californiahealthline.org sites and had overall responsibility for all of KFF’s online operations. Previously Mr. Rousseau worked for more than a decade in KFF’s Washington, DC, office as a health policy expert where he served as Director of KFF’s statehealthfacts.org project and Associate Director of KFF’s Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KPMU). His work at KPMU was focused on Medicaid and CHIP spending, financing and enrollment, as well as Medicaid service delivery issues, including managed care. He also managed a wide range of projects relating to health reform, access to care, and health spending. Mr. Rousseau currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Media Impact Funders, is a member of the boards of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), and advises Crisis Text Line on data ethics issues. Mr. Rousseau also served two terms on the board of Grantmakers in Health. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health as a Lecturer in the department of Health Policy, and has served on numerous task forces and advisory groups for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Academy of Sciences, and the City of New Orleans (David’s hometown). His work has appeared in journals including Health Affairs and the Journal of the American Medical Association, where he created and edited the monthly “Visualizing Health Policy” series in partnership with the Journal. He has spoken on health policy and journalism topics at a wide range of conferences and events. Prior to joining KFF, Mr. Rousseau worked as a consultant at The Lewin Group. Mr. Rousseau received his Masters in Public Health from Yale University’s School of Medicine, and his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale College where he worked on the staff of the Yale Daily News.