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The Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health: Previous Fellows and Their Work

Below is a complete list of fellowship classes from 2000 – 2009, the fellows’ jobs at the time of their selection to participate, and, where possible, links to work they produced over the course of their fellowship.

2009 Kaiser Media Fellows

Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., “The Doctor’s World” columnist and former senior medical correspondent, The New York Times, NY Reporting on the health of Presidential and political candidates

Paula Andalo, managing editor, El Tiempo Latino, Washington DC
The role community clinics play in providing care for Hispanic immigrants
“El Cuidado Médico Para Todos” (July 30, 2010 in El Tiempo Latino)
“Las Dos Pioneras Salvadoreñas” (August 6, 2010 in El Tiempo Latino)
“Los Pacientes Tienen Voz y Voto” (August 13, 2010 in El Tiempo Latino)
“Atención Que Supera Lo Medico” (August 20, 2010 in El Tiempo Latino)
“Ante Un Futuro Con Interrogantes” (August 27, 2010 in El Tiempo Latino)

Allison Aubrey, health correspondent, National Public Radio, Washington DC
Creating a culture of wellness: what are the key steps needed?
“Preventing Diabetes: Small Changes Have Big Payoff” (January 4, 2010, Morning Edition, NPR)
“Emotional Training Helps Kids Fight Depression” (January 18, 2010, Morning Edition, NPR)
“How Revving Up Your Heart Rate, Even A Bit, Pays Off” (February 1, 2010, Morning Edition, NPR)
“The Truth About Grass-Fed Beef” (April 8, 2010, NPR)

Sindya N. Bhanoo, freelance contributor,
The Washington Post Health Section, San Francisco, CA eHealth—balancing the benefits of electronic medical records with privacy concerns

Guy Boulton, business reporter/healthcare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI
Efficiency and effectiveness in medical care
“Health Care Tries to Figure Out What Works Best” (May 2, 2010 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“Do They Aid Doctors or Hinder Them?” (June 27, 2010 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“Research Could be Key to Lower Health Spending” (September 26, 2010 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“Mathematical Modeling May Improve Health Treatments” (September 3, 2011 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Monique Fields, metro reporter, The Birmingham News, AL
The Mental Health Parity Act and its impact on mental health care in Alabama
“Group Equips Churches to Help With Mental Illnesses” (February 1, 2010 in The Birmingham News)

Mark N. Trahant, freelance journalist, former editorial page editor, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA
Examining the Indian Health Service and its relevance to the national health reform debate
See Mark’s website,

Anita Wadhwani, freelance journalist, Nashville, TN
Cuts to the TennCare program and the impact on patients
See Anita’s website, Tennessee Health Report

David Wahlberg, health/medicine reporter, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI
Challenges in providing health care services to rural communities
“Out of Reach: The Rural Health Care Gap” (part of an ongoing series in the Wisconsin State Journal)

2008 Kaiser Media Fellows 

Aliyah Baruchin, freelance health contributor, The New York Times and other news outlets, New York, NY
Racial and ethnic disparities in health careSteve Bogira, freelance journalist and author, Chicago, IL
The impact of poverty and race on health, and the disparity in health care, reflected in two adjacent city neighborhoods

Greg Branch, freelance journalist, former Managing Editor, BET News, New York, NY
Recruitment of medical personnel from Africa and Asia and its impact on the developing world and on U.S. medical policies

Karen Brown, health reporter/producer, WFCR-FM Radio, Western New England
An in-depth look at Massachusetts health reform in action – what’s working, what’s not, and what other states can learn
“Urgent Care Clinics – the Primary Care Overflow” (NPR, 11/20/09)
“All Aren’t Happy with Health Insurance for All” (NPR, 5/31/09)
“Fly-by-Night Insurers” (NPR, 3/3/09)
“Massachusetts Artists Get Health Care Help” (NPR, 2/4/09)
“Massachusetts health care reform reveals doctor shortage” (NPR, 11/30/08)

Karen Houppert, freelance reporter and author; special correspondent, The Washington Post Magazine, Baltimore, MD
The state of drug treatment in the U.S., and the human and financial costs of drug treatment policies

Naseem Sowti Miller, health reporter, The Ocala Star-Banner, FL
The quality of medical care in jail and prisons, and the broader impact on public health and health care

Jeremy Olson, medical reporter, St. Paul Pioneer-Press, MN
An exploration of the long-term care crisis and the social, financial and political solutions
“A La Carte Care” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 6/11/09)
“Who will care for them?” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 4/19/09)
“A peek into the gray future” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 4/5/09)
“A bizarre death, and a growing danger” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 2/22/09)
“Buddy up” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 2/3/09)
“Building a ‘Blue Zone'” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 1/16/09)
“We save tax-free for college – why not for long-term care?” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 1/14/09)
“Nursing home abuses – why?” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 12/14/08)
“Often fatal, many falls also are preventable” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 12/1/08)
“Drugs often a shortcut for care” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 12/1/08)
“As assets fail, seniors brace for a few more years of work” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 11/10/08)
“Home from the hospital – for good” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 10/29/08)
“Long looming age crisis has arrived” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 10/21/08)
“Silent sentries for seniors” (St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 10/19/08)

Renata Simone, independent documentary film producer and reporter, Boston, MA
The rise of medical tourism, access and affordability of health insurance, and the globalization of health care

Robert Winn, independent documentary film producer, New York, NY
The unintended impact of anti-immigrant policies on other disadvantaged communities

2007 Kaiser Media Fellows

Dominic Chavez, photographer, and John Donnelly, reporter, Washington bureau, The Boston Globe
Project: Examine the effectiveness of public and private U.S. funding and programs to help AIDS orphans in AfricaSheri Fink, M.D., freelance reporter, New York City
Project: Medical care in times of crisis and disaster, focused on New Orleans, post-Katrina.Deborah Franklin, acting deputy science/health editor, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.
Project: Genetic testing and its implications for individuals and their health insurance coverage
“Family Struggles With Ambiguity Of Genetic Testing” (NPR, 12/30/08)Felice J. Freyer, medical writer, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island
Project: The causes and costs of premature births
“The Price of Miracles” (Providence Journal, special multimedia project)

Tom Jennings, documentary producer, New York City
Immigrant health issues, migrant workers, and health policies related to immigration
Documentary: “Seeking Cures With No Prescription” (New York Times, 05/10/08)

Joshua Norman, health reporter, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Mississippi
Mental health and trauma recovery in the Gulf region
“Resiliency After Trauma Can Lead to Spiritual Growth” (Sun Herald, 12/24/07)
“Traumas Can Lead to Spiritual Growth” (Sun Herald, 12/23/07)
“Katrina’s Aftermath: news with no end in sight” (Nieman Reports, Fall 2007 Issue)
“Resiliency Training Aims to Improve First Responders’ Coping” (Sun Herald, 10/13/07)

Czerne M. Reid, health and science reporter, The State, Columbia, South Carolina
Federal and state funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and care, and the economic and social impact of the disease in South Carolina

T.R. Reid
, Rocky Mountain bureau chief, The Washington Post
A comparative analysis of other countries’ health care financing and delivery systems and the lessons for the U.S.
“Sick Around the World” (Frontline, April 2008)

2006 Kaiser Media Fellows 

Laura Beil, freelance journalist, Dallas, TX
Project: Abstinence education – the impact, philosophy, curricula and funding
“Abstinence education faces an uncertain future” (New York Times, 7/18/07)

June Cross, independent documentary film producer, New York City, NY
Project: Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the healthcare safety net across the country
“The Old Man and the Storm” (Frontline, 1/6/09)

Eric Eyre, reporter, The Charleston (West VA) Gazette, Charleston, WV
Project: West Virginia’s dental health problems and potential policy solutions
Dental health in W. Virginia

Howard Gleckman, senior correspondent, Business Week, Washington, D.C.
Project: Financing long-term care

Paul Jacobs, project team reporter, The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, CA
Project: The effect of the new World Trade Organization pharmaceutical patenting requirements on health in the developing world, and its potential impact on the U.S.

Joanne Kenen
, Washington Congressional correspondent, Reuters News Agency, Washington, D.C.
Project: End-of-life and palliative care – ethics, quality of care, accessibility and cost.
“Hospice polishes image” (AARP Bulletin Today, 1/16/09)
“The New specialty in cancer care” (cure, Spring 2008)
“Doctors in training” (cure, Spring 2008)
“For when it hurts” (cure, Spring 2008)
“Needs of dying children wins heart of actress” (Reuters, 11/23/07)
“Rx for care: being there” (Hadassah Magazine, Vol. 89, November 2007)
“In search of a gentler end” (, 10/29/07)
“The Comfort Connection” (AARP Magazine, September/October 2007)
“A new focus on easing the pain” (Washington Post, 7/3/07)
“Finding palliative care, near and far” (Washington Post, 7/3/07)
“Treating the Body and Soul” (Washingtonian, 7/1/07)

Seema Mathur, medical reporter, CBS 42 KEYE-TV, Austin, TX
Project: Overcrowding in the ER and its impact on healthcare
Seema won a number of awards for her series, ER: In Critical Condition, including: National Edward R. Murrow: News Series
Lone Star Emmy: Health/Science – News Series
Anson Jones, MD Award Honoring Excellence in Health Communication
Association of Health Care Journalists: 2006: Excellence in Health Care Journalism
American College of Emergency Physicians: 2006: Journalism of Excellence Award
South Asian Journalism Association: Outstanding Story on Any Subject: Specialists

Maryn McKenna, journalist and author, Minneapolis, MN
Project: The worsening crisis in emergency departments
“After the Deluge” (04/2008) More
“Two Years Later, Every Day is Monday in New Orleans Emergency Departments” (01/2008) Annals of Emergency Medicine
“HIV testing: should the emergency department take part?” (03/2007)
“Polyheme and the ethics of informed consent” (11/2006)
“Anatomy of a pandemic: Emergency departments woefully unprepared for bird flu outbreak” (09/2006)
“Debate rages over the ‘future of emergency care'” (08/2006)

Joe Neel, health editor, science desk, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.
Project: Counterfeiting of prescription drugs
“Priest revives former TB clinic for AIDS patients” (7/6/07)

Julie Salamon, author, New York City, NY
Project: Portrait of a big urban hospital, and the multicultural community it serves. Salamon’s book: Hospital (Penguin, May 2008)

2004 Kaiser Media Fellows 

Daniel Costello, Health Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Project: Examining the fracturing of the employer-based health insurance model and the implications for employees and their families.
“Not a future they expected” (10/18/2004)
“Asking patients to help shoulder malpractice costs” (10/25/2004)
“Costs Make Employers See Smokers as a Drag” (01/28/2005)
“At what cost?” (04/04/2005)
“Share now, pay later” (05/23/2005)
“Taking matters into their own hands” (05/23/2005)
“A mini price, a mini policy” (06/06/2005)

Micah Fink, Coordinating Producer, Wide Angle, Thirteen/WNET, New York City
Project: Global epidemics and the politics of international cooperation.
“H5N1: Killer Flu,” documentary about avian influenza, Wide Angle, Thirteen/WNET (09/20/2005)
Filmmaker notes with producer Micah Fink.
Transcript of The Washington Post Q&A session with producer Micah Fink and director Steven Silver (09/21/2005)

Phil Galewitz, Health Writer, Palm Beach Post
Project: Examining community-based solutions for the uninsured and the consequences of lack of coverage on controlling chronic diseases.
Palm Beach Postseries Caring for the Uninsured, on the local initiatives to provide health care for the uninsured.
“Fragile system the only option” (12/06/2004)
“Palm Beach County program for uninsured seen as model” (12/6/2004)
“North Carolina city sets healthy pace” (02/20/2005)
“N.C. leads the way in free health care” (02/20/2005)
“Rivalry, fear hinder P.B. County efforts” (02/20/2005)
“Medicaid plan counts on networking” (05/01/2005)
“Caring for the poor; Palm Beach County follows Austin’s lead” (05/15/2005)
“Mulling changes for uninsured care, Palm Beach County studies South Florida neighbors” (07/24/2005)
“Local governments find ways to assist with care for uninsured” (07/31/2005)
“Sales taxes used for uninsured health care” (07/31/2005)

Karen Thomas, Feature Writer, The Dallas Morning News
Project: Examining the long-range impact on families living without health insurance or with inadequate coverage.
The Dallas Morning News 3-part series Getting By, on health care and the insurance gap in Texas.
“Insurance gap at root of kids’ teeth troubles” (01/15/2006)
“Vanishing safety net” (01/22/2006)
“Living from checkup to checkup” (01/29/2006)

Susan Wagner, Producer, 20/20 ABC News
Project: Exploring how celebrity awareness campaigns influence public health behavior and policy, including an in-depth look at paid pharmaceutical spokespeople.

2003 Kaiser Media Fellows

Rebecca Adams, health care reporter, Congressional QuarterlyProject: Examining Medicaid challenges and policy responses in different states.
“Medicaid Reform: Will efforts to cut costs hurt the poor?” The CQ Researcher, Vol. 14, No. 25, Pgs. 589-612 (7/16/2004)Michael Isip, executive producer, KQED-TV, San Francisco
Project: Barriers to health care — financial, cultural, systemic — and the implications for patients and health care workers, and innovative efforts to deliver care.Liza Mundy, staff writer, The Washington Post
Project: Reproductive technology, and the ethical dilemmas that new, fast-emerging techniques present to doctors, policymakers, and the many patients availing themselves of

advances in fertility medicine.

Deborah L. Shelton, medical and public health reporter, St. LouisPost-Dispatch
Project: The drive to increase the number of live organ donors: the medical, ethical, social, economic and other implications.
5 part series on living organ donors, May 6-11, 2005
“Good Samaritan donors need independent advocates, some say”
“Man’s second chance hasn’t turned out as he expected”
“Donor has physical pain, but peace about decision”

Oriana Zill de Granados, staff reporter/producer, Center for Investigative Reporting, San Francisco
Project: Gun violence as a public health issue, focused on gun violence among Latino youth and its impact on communities in California and nationwide.
“Gangs Reach Out of Prison to Commit Crimes,” American RadioWorks and Center for Investigative Reporting.
Oriana’s documentary, “Nuestra Familia/Our Family” won the 2007 National Association of Hispanic Journalists Journalism Award for Best Television Documentary.

2002 Kaiser Media Fellows

Jonathan Cohn, senior editor, The New Republic

Project: The transformation of American health care in the 1990s.
Read about Jonathan’s book, Sick, (HarperCollins, 2007)
“Sexual Healing,” The New Republic (6/30/2003)
“Beans for Life,” The New Republic (9/8/2003)
“Uncharitable?” New York Times (12/19/2004)

Barry Meier, author Project: Prescription drug abuse, pain management, and addiction-OxyContin as a case study in regulating the next generation of powerful

Interview with Barry Meier, author of Pain Killer (10/30/2003)

Jon Palfreman, senior producer, FRONTLINE
Project: The development, marketing, and pricing of prescription drugs.
“The Other Drug War,” FRONTLINE (6/19/2003)

John Price Sankofa, reporter, The New York Amsterdam News
Project: Examining the social, cultural, and psychological roots of African-American health disparities.

Marc Shaffer, independent television producer
Project: Implementing California’s Proposition 36 – treatment as an alternative to incarceration for drug addiction.

Robin D. Stone, freelance writer and editor, New York City
Project: The impact of sexual abuse, focused on African-American families.
“No Secrets, No Lies”

2001 Kaiser Media Fellows 

Raney Aronson, producer, FRONTLINE/WGBH, New York City
Project: Alternative medicine.
“The Alternative Fix,” FRONTLINE

Bob Davis, medical and science writer, USAToday
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 Hartford 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)

2000 Kaiser Media Fellows 

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