Member close-up: John Dorschner

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About John Andrew "Andy'' Miller

Andy Miller (@gahealthnews) is the editor and publisher of the nonprofit Georgia Health News. The former health care reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a member of AHCJ's board of directors and leads the association's Atlanta chapter.

Now 68, Dorschner has retired from The Miami Herald after working there since 1970. That’s almost 43 years with the newspaper.

He covered health care economics for the past decade, and wrote many stories on health in prior years.

LATEST BEAT:

Health care economics for The Miami Herald. Retired March 1.

HOW YOU GOT INTO HEALTH REPORTING:

During a quarter century as a writer with The Miami Herald‘s Sunday magazine, Tropic, I won several awards for health care stories, including a National Headline Award and Green Eyeshade, Around 2001, I was in the business section, supposedly doing “high-class GA,” but, in fact, most business stories fall into beats and so only the dregs were left for general assignment. When the health care reporter left, I began doing some health care stories and really liked it, until it became a full-time endeavor. Starting in 2009, much of my time was devoted to the highly troubled Jackson Health System, the public hospitals of Miami-Dade County.

John Dorschner

John Dorschner

RECENT STORIES INCLUDE:

Cheaper, Better Healthcare – Yes, It is Possible

School Lunches – the New Battleground in the War Against Obesity

FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB:

Doing things that matter to the community, especially as watchdog of taxpayer dollars at the public hospital.

LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB:

Adjusting to an ever-shrinking newsroom.

STORY YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF:

Miami Casablanca of the Caribbean. A look at Miami in the 1980s, cocaine cowboys and all.

YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A JOURNALIST:

Making sure the information is accurate. No matter how long you’ve been in the business, each story is a challenge.

PREVIOUS JOURNALISM JOBS:

After college, I edited a magazine for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph, then joined The Miami Herald in 1970. Most of my time was spent on Tropic magazine, often spending three to six weeks to write a story. When the magazine folded, I moved to business section, at first writing about the dot-com boom.

IF YOU WEREN’T A JOURNALIST YOU’D BE:

A blogger and videographer.

WHAT YOU’RE READING:

“Tenth of December,” short stories by George Saunders, and “Blowout,” poems by Denise Duhamel.

ONE THING YOUR COLLEAGUES DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU:

I do poem videos and other stuff on You Tube under the channel Miamichachacha

ADVICE TO A JOURNALISM STUDENT:

You better really, really want to be a journalist – to the point that you can’t imagine doing anything else in your life. The need for journalists in society is huge, but there’s not a clear path at the moment on how that journalism will be paid for in the years ahead.

IN RETIREMENT, YOUR PLANS INCLUDE:

I’m starting to do video documentaries, including one on Haitian storefront churches in Miami. I own the domain names miamiwebnews.com and miamihealthnews.com, but I’m not sure yet how active I’ll be on that front. I blog about the worst team in baseball at marlinsmaniacs.blogspot.com. I’m also exploring some other opportunities that are too soon to talk about.

 

1 thought on “Member close-up: John Dorschner

  1. Allan Baumgarten

    John has called on me as a source. He is a real pro, an excellent reporter and a fine person.
    All the best!!

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