New books, recognition, jobs and more for AHCJ members

The latest AHCJ members in the news are Heather Boerner, Peter Eisler, John Fauber, Kathryn Foxhall, Paul Raeburn, Margot Sanger-Katz, Michael Schroeder, Alison Young and Benita Zahn. See the latest about them:

Julie Rybarczyk via Flickr

Julie Rybarczyk via Flickr

Positively Negative: Love, Pregnancy, and Science’s Surprising Victory Over HIV” by Heather Boerner was released in July. The book follows two couples from falling in love to the births of their first children, conceived naturally despite the men’s HIV-positive status. In the process Boerner tells the story of researchers who uncover the capability of HIV medications to suppress the virus to undetectable levels.

USA Today reporter Peter Eisler received the National Press Club’s Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics for “Nursing Homes’ Broken Trusts.” The investigation found that thousands of residents of U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care institutions have had their personal savings raided or mismanaged after relying on the facilities to safeguard the money in special trust fund accounts.

Deadly Delays,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s investigation into flaws in the nation’s newborn screening programs that put babies at risk of disability and death won the top award in three categories in the Associated Press Media Editors contest. The project won the top award in its circulation category for investigative reporting, public service journalism and the First Amendment Award, which recognizes efforts that use open records laws to obtain information hidden from the public. It was named the Public Service Best in Show winner and winner of the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award in the First Amendment category. Reporters John Fauber, Ellen Gabler, Mark Johnson, news applications developer Allan James Vestal and photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff worked on the project, which has been recognized with a Gerald Loeb Award, the Selden Ring Award, the top award for Nondeadline Writing from the American Society of News Editors, and the top investigative award in the annual national Scripps Howard Award competition,among others. In the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, it received the first-place award in the large investigative category and was part of Fauber’s body of work for which he won a beat reporting award.

Kathryn Foxhall has been awarded the Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Foxhall, a longtime freelance reporter in Washington, D.C., specializing in health and medical issues, has spearheaded the effort to raise awareness about increasing controls by federal public information officers. In July, she led the effort with SPJ FOI Chair Linda Petersen to draft a letter to President Obama about transparency on behalf of 38 journalism organizations.

Paul Raeburn’s new book, “Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked,” sweeps away the misconceptions about fatherhood and reports on new research on the many ways fathers contribute to their kids. It was published June 3 by Scientific American/FSG books.

Margot Sanger-Katz now covers health care for The Upshot, a New York Times website with analysis and data visualizations. She is a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University and previously was a health care correspondent at National Journal. She was a 2012 AHCJ Reporting Fellow on Health Care Performance

Angie’s List reporter Michael Schroeder was given a MORE Award by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for “Serious falls put seniors at risk.”

USA Today reporter Alison Young received the National Press Club’s consumer journalism award for newspapers for “Supplement Shell Game,” an investigation of the people and companies behind risky dietary supplements.

Benita Zahn, an anchor/health reporter with WNYT, received her doctorate of professional studies/bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. She was in the first graduating class.

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