AHCJ member news: New jobs, fellowships, awards and more for health journalists

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

crowd clapping congratulationsThis edition of member news includes accomplishments from AHCJ members Benjamin Hardy, Melissa Patrick, Kelsey Ryan and Bram Sable-Smith.

Benjamin Hardy (@unbenji) has been named the first editor of the Arkansas Nonprof­it News Network. Hardy was a longtime editor at the Arkansas Times. As a 2018 AHCJ Reporting Fellow on Health Care Performance, Hardy examined Medicaid in Arkansas, with an emphasis on the costs and benefits of the state’s priva­tized approach to Medicaid expansion.

Melissa Patrick (@MelissaPatrick1), a reporter for Ken­tucky Health News, was named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion for bringing attention to issues and policies that af­fect the health of Kentuckians. The Champion award is given by the Founda­tion for a Healthy Kentucky. Patrick was a 2017-18 AHCJ Regional Health Journal­ism Fellow.

Kelsey Ryan (@kelsey_ryan) has founded The Bea­con, a nonprofit news organization focused on in-depth, public interest journalism serving Kansans and Missou­rians. Ryan has been an AHCJ-Kansas Health Journalism fellow and an AHCJ-Rural Health Journalism Fellow. Ryan worked at The Kansas City Star on the investigative team that was a 2018 Pulit­zer Prize finalist in Public Service.

Bram Sable-Smith (@besables) is the fourth Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow. He will work with Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Watch to deepen his skills in investiga­tive journalism, editing and on-air ra­dio production. Sable-Smith has been an AHCJ-CDC Journalism Fellow and, as a member of the 2017 class of AHCJ Reporting Fellows on Health Care Per­formance, examined the state of rural hospitals in Missouri.

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