Six of the 12 director positions come up for election each year for two-year terms. Although incumbent board members are allowed to run for re-election, two have decided not to run again this year.
In an op-ed for the Columbia Journalism Review, Ivan Oransky, M.D., draws on an apt metaphor for reporters from other beats who are being assigned health-related stories during this pandemic.
“I imagine that the dread a newly transferred coronavirus reporter feels when faced with a PDF filled with statistics is the same as I would feel if —as a career-long doctor turned medical journalist — I was suddenly assigned to cover the statehouse.”
The AHCJ board of directors has voted to retain the officers who have served the past two years. The same officers will serve a new two-year term of 2019-2021.
Ivan Oransky, M.D., vice president, editorial at Medscape and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, returns as president.
Felice J. Freyer of The Boston Globe returns as vice president; Gideon Gil of Stat returns as treasurer; and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News returns as secretary.
Karl Stark of The Philadelphia Inquirer remains immediate past president, having served two two-year terms chairing the board.