Cheryl Clark



Cheryl Clark


San Diego




United States




Since January, 2016, investigative/data journalist for inewsource, affiliated partner of KPBS public radio and TV in San Diego. Two of those years under in partnership with MedPage Today, April 2016-May 2018.  As of June 2018, freelance and MedPage Today contributor.

Six plus years as senior quality editor with HealthLeaders writing about the Affordable Care Act, payment reform, quality reporting and measurement, and weekly columnist with an edge. Prefer in­-depth stories rather than quick clicks. Wrote more than 1,000 stories about physicians and hospital quality and safety, fraud, over-utilization, outcome research, variation, and healthcare policy. I read the 3,000­-page federal payment rules, and I read the Affordable Care Act. Details are important.

I juggle Excel spreadsheets for data, but am learning more. Healthcare is the most fascinating topic I’ve ever had the privilege to cover. Participated in the 37-­member Lucian Leape Institute Roundtable on Transparency that produced a 2015 report for the National Patient Safety Foundation: “Shining a Light; Safer Health Care Through Transparency”

27.5 years at the San Diego Union­-Tribune, medical writer for almost all of it. Started one of the nation’s first newspaper AIDS beats in 1984,85. Once followed blood donated from five people and tracked through blood banks, testing, trucking, and hospital labs to the bedside to find out where it ended up. Co­-owned my own weekly newspaper in Columbia, MD.


Healthcare payment reform, quality measurement, physician practice issues, treatment variation, less is more. Why/how healthcare works right, sometimes, and why/how it works wrong.



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Recent AHCJ training

Health Journalism 2012 | Health Journalism 2013 | Health Data Journalism Workshop, 2013 | Health Journalism 2014 | Health Journalism 2015 | Fellowships | Journalism Workshop on Evidence-Based Medicine, 2015 | Health Journalism 2016 | Health Journalism 2017 | Health Journalism 2018 | Health Journalism 2019 | Journalism Workshop on Aging & Health | 2020 HJ Conference-Austin