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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