Spotlight Q & A with member Eric Rosenthal, independent journalist

Eric Rosenthal, independent journalist

Where are you from and how far did you travel to the conference?

I’m from Wynnewood, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. It was 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.

How many AHCJ conferences have you been to?

About a dozen.

What are you looking forward to at the conference?

Otis Brawley’s kickoff speech. He’s actually a very good friend of mine. So I’m looking forward to his presentation. At this stage, I come to AHCJ conferences primary to meet other people and to talk.

What are you looking forward to do in Baltimore?

The field trips.

What draws you to health journalism?

I deal with issues, trends, controversies, policies, and health care. Medicine and science are extremely important fields that need good and accurate and balanced reporting – and context and perspective.

What do you think is the biggest asset of AHCJ?

I think the biggest asset is being able to network and talk with others, and learn from them. And also share expertise and perhaps fill in the gaps. Health journalism is very scientific, precise, and there’s a lot of public responsibility of getting the right information out.

What’s the last book you read?

“The Fix” by David Baldacci

What do you think everyone should be reading?

Everyone should be reading a diverse amount of different information. I look at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times every day. You have to know what’s going on out there. So even if you read things that are on the far right or on the far left, you’ve got to know what people are thinking.

What’s your favorite pet?

Well, my favorite pet is my pet. She’ll be 16. She’s a cat. She’s my daughter. Her name is Remi, and she’s my furry little friend.

Rosenthal, a special correspondent for MedPage Today, is moderating the Friday session, “Are new brain tumor treatments on the horizon?”

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