About AHCJ: General News
New AHCJ board to be seated July 1 Date: 06/15/18
Incumbents starting a new term include Julie Appleby, M.P.H., Kaiser Health News; Scott Hensley, NPR; Tony Leys, Des Moines Register; Ivan Oransky, M.D., NYU's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute; and Sabriya Rice, Dallas Morning News.
Rice recently was named the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia and will start teaching this fall.
The board members join those elected last year for two-year terms: Jeanne Erdmann, a Missouri-based freelancer; Felice Freyer, The Boston Globe; Gideon Gil, Stat; Maryn McKenna, an Atlanta-based freelancer; and Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Marlene Harris-Taylor, a reporter and producer for WVIZ/PBS Ideastream, was appointed to a seat by the board last year after the election drew only the five incumbents as candidates for six spots, precluding the need for a vote.
Board officers selected last year by fellow board members will continue in their roles for a second year. They are Oransky as president, Freyer as vice president, Gil as treasurer and Appleby as secretary.
The Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. It is a community of about 1,400 people committed to the highest standards of reporting, writing, editing, and broadcasting in health care journalism for the general public and trade publications. The Association hosts a resource-laden website, offers numerous fellowships for journalists, conducts training to help journalists improve and advance their coverage and advocates for the free flow of information to the public. AHCJ is housed at the Missouri School of Journalism.