More than 80 attend D.C. chapter’s eighth annual holiday party

Kimberly Leonard

About Kimberly Leonard

Kimberly Leonard (@leonardkl) is a member of AHCJ’s Right to Know Committee and co-chair of the Washington, D.C., chapter. She covers Congress, the White House, and the Department of Health and Human Services as a health care reporter for the Washington Examiner.

Photo: Phil GalewitzMore than 80 people attended the AHCJ D.C. chapter holiday party. There were reporters from Kaiser Health News, The Hill, The New York Times, Politico, Stat and many independent journalists.

The eighth annual holiday party for the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists hosted reporters alongside a record number of public affairs officials from government agencies.

About 20 spokespeople were in attendance, representing the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Administration for Community Living, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The event gave reporters an opportunity to meet officials in person and to talk about story ideas in a social setting.

The event was hosted Dec. 11 at the Washington, D.C., offices of USA Today, and more than 80 people attended. News organizations represented included Kaiser Health News, The Hill, The New York Times, Politico and Stat, and many independent journalists attended, as wel.

Attendees sipped on wine, beer, and sparkling cider, and enjoyed Mediterranean fare, cheese, dips and cookies. Food and beverages were paid for by AHCJ and contributions also were accepted from people who attended the event.

The event was organized by Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner, Tina Reed of FierceHealthcare, and Jayne O’Donnell of USA Today.

Photo: Phil GalewitzLev Facher of Stat speaks with public affairs officials from the National Institutes of Health.

Photo: Phil GalewitzJayne O’Donnell of USA Today (left) and Andrea McDaniels of the Baltimore Sun.

Photo: Kimberly LeonardAlison Kodjak from NPR (left) with Phil Galewitz and John Hillkirk, both of Kaiser Health News.

Photo: Kimberly LeonardNathaniel Weixel, of The Hill, Lev Facher of Stat, Peter Sullivan of The Hill, Rachel Roubein from Politico, and Lauren Clason of CQ Roll Call gathered for a photo at the AHCJ D.C. holiday party.

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