About AHCJ: General News

New board and officers seated for 2008-09 Date: 07/14/08

July 14, 2008
Contact: Len Bruzzese, executive director, 573-884-5606
AHCJ Board of Directors

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Members of the Association of Health Care Journalists have re-elected five directors and added one new one for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Returning board members are Julie Appleby, USA Today; Phil Galewitz, The Palm Beach Post; Trudy Lieberman, Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York; Ivan Oransky, Scientific American; and Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press, Atlanta. Newly elected this year is Irene Wielawski, an independent journalist from Pound Ridge, N.Y. Wielawski originally served as a board member in the organization's startup years.

The other members of the board are Sheree Crute, a freelance writer and editor based in New York; Andrew Holtz, an independent journalist from Portland, Ore.; Mary Chris Jaklevic, an independent journalist and journalism instructor from Chicago; Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Press, Chicago; Charles Ornstein, Los Angeles Times; and Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Board members will select officers in the coming days. Current officers are Lieberman (president), Ornstein (vice president), Stark (treasurer) and Jaklevic (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. AHCJ is housed at the Missouri School of Journalism.