Catch up on the latest news about AHCJ members


Members of AHCJ have been busy! Read about their latest accomplishments:

Ted Agres has become a senior editor at Health Affairs, overseeing the Policy Briefs.

Jeff Baillon, investigative reporter for KMSP-Minneapolis/St. Paul, received an upper Midwest regional Emmy award for an investigative project titled “Cover Your Assets.”

Antigone Barton received a Nieman Fellowship for Global Health Reporting. She will spend a year at Harvard, studying global health policy, and then she will spend four months in Africa, building collaborative reporting and accessible resources.

David Boddiger earned an Addiction Studies Program for Journalists 2010 Award for “Mexico Eager to Reduce Demand for Illicit Drugs,” published in The Lancet. The award is given by the Addiction Studies Program with The Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Suzanne Bohan and Sandy Kleffman of the Bay Area News Group in Northern California won the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Association’s Edgar A. Poe Award for their four-part series “Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters.” Read their account of how they reported the story.

Emily Bregel of the Chattanooga Times Free Press received the first-place award in feature writing from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Contest for an article titled, “Holding on to Hope,” about a 3-year-old boy with a congenital heart defect.

Karen Brown won a 2010 Massachusetts Associated Press Award for her three-part public radio series, “Health Policy in Massachusetts: A Look Forward … and Back.”

Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer received an American Society of Journalists and Authors 2010 Writing Award for “Shots in the Dark,” published in The Atlantic Monthly. The article won in the “Reporting on a Significant Topic” category. Brownlee also won the June Roth Award for Medical Journalism in the same contest for “What’s Wrong with Cancer Tests?” published in Reader’s Digest.

Producer Caitlan Carroll is leaving the radio show Marketplace to start a year-long Fulbright fellowship in Germany. “I plan to report on health care trends and technology from Berlin,” she said. “I’d love to get any story tips or source recommendations from AHCJ members.”

Megan Chao is now director of development and co-producer for Daniel H. Birman Productions Inc., a documentary production company based in Los Angeles. The company produces for Discovery, Science and National Geographic channels.

Pia Christensen, AHCJ’s managing editor/online services, is featured in the May/June issue of Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill as part of a “Journalists to Follow” feature. The magazine featured “questions with a bunch of cool journalists and innovators. … These are people in the industry we think have great ideas and hold great potential. In short, you should pay attention to them – not only on Twitter, but in the wider industry. See what they do. Interact with them. Learn. Engage.”

Janet Cromer‘s memoir “Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple’s New Life after Brain Injury,” is the recipient of a Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication from the American Medical Writers Association/Northeast Chapter.

Meryl Davis won the service category of the American Society of Journalists and Authors 2010 Writing Awards contest with “Is Your Doctor Out of Date?” in Reader’s Digest.

Monya De, M.D., M.P.H. was a medical consultant for an episode of “The Ghost Whisperer” television series.

Charles Duhigg of The New York Times received $10,000 and the Edward J. Meeman Award for the series “Toxic Waters,” an investigation of inadequacies in the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act that prompted wide-ranging overhauls in enforcement of the 1970s laws. It was part of the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards.

Katherine Eban received an honorable mention for the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ June Roth Award for Medical Journalism. The article, “Going After Las Vegas’ Medical Mafia” was published in Fortune.

The Vancouver Sun health issues reporter Pamela Fayerman has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for an in-depth project on patients navigating through the health care system in Western Canada. The stories resulting from the research will be published in The Vancouver Sun.

John Fauber, Meg Kissinger and Suzanne Rust of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won a National Headliner Award for the series “Side Effects.” Read the article Fauber wrote about this series for AHCJ.

Sheri Fink, Stephen Engelberg, Ilena Silverman and Susan White of ProPublica earned a National Headliner for “The Deadly Choices at Memorial.” Read the article Fink wrote about this series for AHCJ.

Barbara Gastel received an Award for Meritorious Achievement from the Council of Science Editors. She is a professor in the Veterinary Integrative Biosciences Department at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Gastel earned the council’s highest honor, acknowledging her achievements that highlight the council’s goal of improving scientific communication by pursuing high standards in all editing-related activities.

Carrie Ghose of Columbus Business First, along with the paper’s design editor, John Lauer, won first place for package in a business publication in the Press Club of Cleveland’s 2010 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. The March 2009 feature, “Little patients, big impact,” covered the expansion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Carol Goldsmith, anchor/reporter for WYFF-Greenville, S.C., was part of documentary program that received a George Foster Peabody Award. She was the co-producer, co-writer, co-anchor for “Chronicle: Paul’s Gift” the story of a young man who was critically injured and declared brain dead and whose widow chose to donate his organs and tissues. The crew followed the process from his bedside to meetings months later between the donor’s family and the recipients. The project also won a regional Murrow Award, a National Headliner Award, an Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and two Associated Press awards.

Markian Hawryluk, health reporter for the Bend Bulletin, in Bend, Ore., won the Bruce Baer Award for investigative journalism, for a series of articles investigating the actions of a large, multi-specialty clinic in its fight with a local hospital.

William Heisel, who is a contributing editor for Reporting On Health at the University of Southern California and as the senior communications officer for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington just added a third title: reviewer for Health News Review.

Andrew Holtz, M.P.H., is now anchor and senior news editor for, which went live in late April. The site posts a new video each weekday. Holtz’ book “The Medical Science of House, M.D.” is now available in nine translations.

Charlotte Huff was recently named a contributing editor at Workforce Management, a Crain’s business publication. As part of her responsibilities, she’s covering Health Policy and editing a benefits newsletter.

Mary Knudson‘s book, “Living Well with Heart Failure, the Misnamed, Misunderstood Condition,” written with Edward K. Kasper, M.D., was published in May.

Prerna Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. is the new medical contributor for WFLD-Chicago.

Two AHCJ members and former fellows in AHCJ’s Midwest Health Journalism Program play key roles at The St. Louis American, named best newspaper for 2010 by the National Newspapers Publishers Association. Chris King is managing editor and Sandra Jordan is a health reporter for the paper, which was awarded the John D. Russwurm Trophy.

Carol Krucoff‘s new book “Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain” was published by New Harbinger in May. She is an independent journalist in North Carolina.

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor/columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, has been appointed a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health. Lieberman, AHCJ’s immediate past president, will contribute content to The Prepared Patient Forum, a website to help consumers navigate the increasingly complex health care system.

CQ Press has published “The New York Times Reader: Health and Medicine” by Tom Linden, M.D. The book is a compendium of more than 50 stories from The New York Times, plus how-to tips for aspiring medical and health reporters.

Diane Mapes recently won an Excellence in Urology Health Reporting Award from the American Urological Association for “solid, balanced reporting on urological issues.”

Adam Marcus, managing editor of Anesthesiology News has started a blog.

Current Health 2, where Meredith Matthews is senior editor, was awarded “Best Newsletter” and “Best One-Theme Issue” in the grades 9-12 category, by the Association of Educational Publishers.

Maryn McKenna‘s blog Superbug was invited to join the blog community ScienceBlogs.

Harris Meyer had a feature article published in the May issue of health policy journal Health Affairs, about the challenges of rolling out the patient-centered medical home model at Group Health Cooperative. Meyer also has had health care, law, business, and wine articles published recently in Business Week, The Oregonian, Los Angeles Times, Kaiser Health News, Wine Spectator and other publications.

James T. Mulder, health reporter for The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., won an award from the Syracuse Press Club for a feature story about a woman who received a kidney transplant after waiting more than two years.

Paul Raeburn, an author and blogger in New York City, will begin commuting to Florida Atlantic University this fall to develop a new graduate program in science and medical writing. The program will begin accepting students in the fall of 2011. Raeburn says he welcomes comments and suggestions as he develops the program this year.

Emily Ramshaw has been named assistant managing editor of The Texas Tribune.

Tinker Ready is now the “Hub Leader” for Nature Network Boston, a website for Boston area scientists. A project of the Nature journals, the network also includes “hubs” in Boston, New York and London. She also continues to teach at Boston University and runs her own blog.

Joy Robertson, anchor/reporter at KOLR-TV in Springfield, Mo., won a regional Emmy Award for her two-part series on Missouri midwives. The series, entitled ‘Birthing Up Baby’ documented a home birth just as state law changed to make certified professional midwifery legal in Missouri.

Bob Roehr was selected by the National Association of Science Writers as one of five persons to receive an all-expenses-paid fellowship to participate in the 60th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, in Lindau, Germany.

Gary Schwitzer, publisher of Health News Review, led a health journalism workshop in May through the American Society of News Editors, in conjunction with the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making in Boston. Schwitzer also spoke on a panel in May at the annual meeting of the National Breast Cancer Coalition in Washington, D.C., along with NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Drs. Steve Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz of Dartmouth and the White River Junction, Vt., Veterans Administration medical center.

Karen Shideler, health reporter at The Wichita Eagle, won in feature reporting in the annual Heart of America Awards, sponsored by the Kansas City Press Club, for “A Life to Remember,” a story about a perinatal hospice for those who know their babies likely will die before or shortly after birth.

Beth Slovic of the Willamette Week won a special citation in the 2009 National Awards for Education Reporting contest for “Cheerless.” She won in the small media/feature, news feature or issue package.

Kansas Public Radio Health Reporter Bryan Thompson won a 2010 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his story about an innovative partnership between a private, nonprofit hospital and Fort Riley, Kan., to help soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting has announced its editorial staff. The center has hired five AHCJ members: Editor-in-Chief David Westphal, Managing Editor Richard Kipling, and senior writers Emily Bazar, John Gonzales and Deborah Schoch. The project, funded by a three-year, $3.285 million grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, will specialize in coverage of health policy in the .

Julie A. Wilbert, M.S., M.A., graduated in May with a masters degree in health journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Benita Zahn, anchor/health reporter of WNYT-New York, received an honorary doctorate in public service from Russell Sage College in May.

Erica Zucco received the International Radio Television Society Fellowship, which provides seminars, networking events and industry advice for recent graduates while they work in a media internship. She has moved to New York where she is interning with NBC News’ Daily Connection.

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