Health journalists gather for annual holiday celebration

About Kimberly Leonard

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

DC chapter party

Photo: Kimberly Leonard/Washington Examiner

About 50 health care reporters from the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Washington, D.C., chapter gathered at FierceHealthcare last month to toast the winter holidays.

The party, on Dec. 18, kicked off just one hour after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a ruling that health reporters everywhere had been watching: The judges ruled 2-1 that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was unconstitutional, and sent the case back to the lower courts.

DC chapter holiday party

Photo: Kimberly Leonard/Washington Examiner

Some reporters were unable to attend the AHCJ event because they needed to file copy, while other reporters worked together or wrote quickly, and were able to arrive to the event later.

Journalists snacked on cheese, crackers, meatballs, and various dips and desserts. Attendees contributed food and beverages, and AHCJ contributed toward the cost of food and drinks.

The party marked the ninth annual for AHCJ’s D.C. chapter. Every year it offers reporters a casual atmosphere to network with each other and to celebrate the previous year’s work.

The party was hosted by AHCJ D.C. co-chair Tina Reed, executive editor at FierceHealthcare. Co-planners were Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner and Erin Mershon of Stat News.

Photo: Erin Mershon/StatLev Facher of Stat, Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News and Sydney Lupkin of NPR were among the holiday party attendees.

Katelyn Newman and Gaby Galvin, both of U.S. News & World Report, were among the party attendees.

Photo: Kimberly Leonard/Washington ExaminerKatelyn Newman and Gaby Galvin, both of U.S. News & World Report, were among the party attendees.

Holiday party food

Photo: Joe Reblando/Reblando Public Relations

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