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AHCJ member news: Reporting awards, job changes, new publications

Pia Christensen

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.

Constance Alexander’s spoken opera, “The Way Home,” is featured in “Scenes from the Common Wealth: Short Plays & Monologues by Kentucky Women.” Focused on end-of-life issues, “The Way Home” was inspired by a series of interviews Alexander conducted in conjunction with a documentary series she produced for WKMS-FM, with accompanying articles in the Murray (Ky.) Ledger & Times, where she is a freelance columnist.

A Crack in the Pavement,” a novel by Georgie Binks, has been published by Goodweather Publishing Inc. The book, partly based on a true story, addresses what some women have experienced after having prenatal genetic testing and deciding to terminate their pregnancies. Binks is an award-winning journalist in Toronto.

Dan DeNoon, formerly of WebMD and the Harvard Heart Letter, has joined the press office at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta.

USA Today reporter Peter Eisler, with Alison Young and John Hillkirk, won the online category of the National Academy of Sciences Communications Award for the series “Ghost Factories,” an investigation into abandoned lead factories.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s John Fauber and independent journalist Joanne Silberner, a former National Public Radio correspondent, will share the 2013 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. Fauber is recognized for his “relentless and exemplary investigative reporting on conflicts of interest in medicine and industry,” which has been a frequent Covering Health topic. Silberner is recognized for her coverage of “neglected diseases in developing countries, as well as her outstanding coverage of health policy at NPR.”

Silberner, with David Baron, also won the radio/TV/film category of the National Academy of Sciences Communications Award for a series of radio and web stories about cancer in developing countries that appeared on PRI’s “The World.” She also shared the “Best Cancer Reporter Award for 2013” from the European School of Oncology with Tiffany O’Callaghan, opinion editor with the UK’s New Scientist magazine. The award also was for covering the growing crisis of cancer in developing countries.

I-News Network senior reporter Kevin Vaughan has joined Fox Sports 1 as a full-time enterprise-investigative reporter. He will remain in Denver, where he formerly worked for The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News.

Drill down for real stories about health reform and employment

Joanne Kenen

About Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen, (@JoanneKenen) the health editor at Politico, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health reform and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on health reform resources and tip sheets at joanne@healthjournalism.org. Follow her on Facebook.

Photo by Michael Fleshman via Flickr.comOccupy protesters form an unemployment line in Manhattan and show their pink slips.

We’ve all seen the stream of headlines: Obamacare is taking our jobs.

Or, “Obamacare turns us into a part-time nation.”

But are they true – or how true?

Julie Rovner of NPR did a great job of taking apart and explaining the claims and counterclaims, which are particularly heated around the restaurant and fast food industries. What’s anecdote? What’s trend? What’s reality?

It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a television without seeing a story about some boss cutting workers’ hours or saying they won’t be doing any more hiring because of the health law.

But is the law really having an impact on the economy?

Not surprisingly, it depends whom you ask. Continue reading

Fellowships, new jobs for AHCJ members

Len Bruzzese

About Len Bruzzese

Len Bruzzese is the executive director of AHCJ and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. He also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and served for nearly 20 years in daily journalism.

Longtime AHCJ member Eileen Beal was awarded a MetLife  Journalists in Aging Fellowship to attend the Gerontological Society of America annual conference in San Diego in November.  Selection for the fellowship – awarded this year to 18 journalists – was based on in-depth proposals to a committee of gerontologists and journalists.  Beal’s proposal focused on the growing specter of financial elder abuse and the articles she’ll be writing will be published in Today’s Caregiver Magazine.  In addition, Beal will produce articles on health care workforce issues – specifically the  ability of health professionals to deliver skilled geriatric care – for Allhealthcarejobs.com.

Victoria Elliott has taken a position as senior research associate at the AMA’s Council on Long Range Planning and Development. Elliot was at American Medical News for nearly 13 years and a journalist for more than 25 years.

Barbara Feder Ostrov has left ReportingonHealth.org to be the communications officer for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, Calif. She will work on children’s health policy, pediatric medical research and kids’ health data issues.

Lara Salahi was awarded the 2012 Jacque Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship. She also started a new online column for The Boston Globe on pregnancy, called Ultra Sound Pregnancy.

New jobs, awards and more: Get the latest news about AHCJ members

Pia Christensen

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.

Patricia Anstett, medical writer at the Detroit Free Press for 22 years, is among 22 staffers to get a buyout and will retire from the paper. A founding member of AHCJ, she worked at two Chicago dailies; a Washington, D.C., features syndicate; Congressional Quarterly and The Detroit News. She mentored a dozen interns through the Kaiser Health Reporting and AAAS fellowships. She can be reached at patkiska@aol.com.

Jeff Baillon, an investigative reporter at KMSP-Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a piece he did on a young boy with autism.  The piece documented the tremendous strides the boy made in his development after his family obtained a specially trained therapy dog.

Heather Boerner has been named a Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism Fellow, through the University of Southern California and the California Endowment. She is working on a project about health care access for undocumented workers.

Ellen Durckel spent 11 days in August producing segments for The Today Show, Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News.

Freelance writer Micky Duxbury was part of a team producing an investigative series on the effects of incarceration on Oakland communities for KQED News associate Oakland Local.

Dirk Hanson won the 2012 CPDD/NIDA award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, for media coverage that increased “public understanding of scientific issues concerning drug use disorders.”

Markian Hawryluk, health reporter at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., was named a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 academic year.

Carolyn Hirschman, senior writer/editor for the National Institute on Aging Information Center, is also administrator of the Center’s Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials database.

Tamara Jeffries will moderate a panel for the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship. She also was selected to attend the NIH’s “Medicine in the Media: The Challenge of Reporting on Medical Research.”

Sandra Jordan of The St. Louis American won Best Business Story for weeklies in its class in the 2012 Missouri Press Association awards for excellence in journalism. She was recognized for a series on diversity at BJC HealthCare compared to peer hospital systems.

Prerna Mona Khanna, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.P.M., was awarded the “Breaking Barriers” Award by the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work over the past 20 years in print, magazine, television, radio and online medical journalism.

Chris King and The St. Louis American won Best Coverage of Government for weeklies in its class among many other awards in the 2012 Missouri Press Association awards for excellence in journalism.

Richard Kirkner recently joined the Springer Vision Care Group in Ambler, Pa., as executive editor of Ophthalmology Management and Retinal Physician magazines. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Optometry Times, an Advanstar publication based in North Olmsted, Ohio.

Gergana Koleva will pursue a master of science degree in health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. In the meantime, she will continue to cover patient safety and health care fraud as a contributing writer for Forbes.com.

Peggy Pico‘s series about undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 breast cancer won first place from SPJ’s San Diego chapter.

David Pittman, formerly of FDAnews, is now the Washington Correspondent for MedPage Today.

Paul Raeburn is taking over as chief tracker (chief media critic) at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker. He will be posting five days a week, praising and critiquing science stories, medical stories, health policy stories, and other works of science or health care journalism.

Gary Schwitzer, publisher of HealthNewsReview.org,  spoke to journalists, policy makers, physicians, public health professionals and medical librarians at the 14th annual Rocky Mountain Workshop on Evidence-Based Health Care in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in July.

Do you have news to share with your fellow journalists? Send it to info@healthjournalism.org for a future blog post.

AHCJ member news: The latest on awards, new assignments and more

Pia Christensen

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.

Members of AHCJ have been busy! Here’s the latest update on our members who have won awards, taken new jobs and have other news of interest.

Beryl Lieff Benderly is this year’s winner of the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering the Public Understanding of the Profession (of engineering) for a cover story on biomedical engineering she did for Prism magazine, for which she is a contributing editor.

Sean Carr, formerly the Washington bureau manager for A.M. Best’s News Service, joined SNL Financial, a global news service, as a senior reporter covering insurance and financial services.

Robert Davis, president and editor-in-chief of Everwell, a health video website, has released his book, “Coffee Is Good for You,” with Penguin/Perigree.

Katherine Eban, an independent journalist who writes for Self, Vanity Fair and other national titles, has recently contracted with Fortune as a contributing writer. She will write four long-form investigative pieces each year, which will focus predominantly on pharmaceutical, medical or public health issues.

Allyn Gaestel, an independent journalist based in Philadelphia, was awarded a Kaiser Media Fellowship to work at The Philadelphia Inquirer over the summer.

Kenny Goldberg, a health reporter with KPBS news, won a Golden Mike award in the category of Best Light Feature from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California for his television piece on wheelchair dancing.

Tara Haelle, a graduate student at the University of Texas-Austin, began writing for DailyRX.com as a condition leader for prenatal, sleep and nutrition issues. She also launched a blog of health and science news for moms called Red Wine & Apple Sauce. She is on track to complete her master’s report for graduate school this spring, which will tellsthe stories of people affected by vaccine-preventable diseases through journalistic features and photographic portraits.

Harriet Hodgson, an independent journalist and author of 30 books, has been appointed as a forum editor for the Open to Hope Foundation.  Hodgson will respond to posts about the death of an adult child, something she has experienced.

Jodie Jackson Jr., reporter and blogger at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, was awarded second place in the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors 2011 news writing contest. The award was in the community affairs/public interest category for “Patients in Peril?” He also received a 2011 Missouri Public Health Association media award for significant contributions to health education in the state.

Steve Jacob’s book, “Health Care in 2020,” was published in January. Jacob is an independent journalist from Culleyville, Texas.

Richard M. Kirkner has been named editor-in-chief of Optometry Times, an Advanstar publication. A 20-year veteran of health care media, Kirkner will work out of his Phoenixville, Pa., office and report to the Advanstar Medical Communications Group editorial headquarters in North Olmstead, Ohio.

Steven Z. Kussin, M.D., F.A.C.P., an independent journalist based in Clinton, N.Y., is the founder and director of The Shared Decision Center, a patient advocacy center dedicated to educating patients about alternative approaches to their medical problems. Kussin’s book, “Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now,” was also named amongst top 10 health titles of the year by Booklist.

Independent journalist Claudia Perry started a three-month training program with The Heartland Group in Chicago. She is working on a memoir about living with chronic conditions.

André Picard, longtime health reporter at Toronto’s Globe and Mail, was awarded the College of Family Physicians of Canada Lectureship Prize. It is the first time a non-physician has been honored. Picard donated the $15,000 cash portion of the award to Médecins Sans Frontières. In November, Picard also received the National Child Day Award from the Canadian Institute for Child Health for his “dedication to improving the health of children.”

Yanick Rice Lamb, associate publisher/editorial director of Heart and Soul magazine, participated in the Cancer Issues Fellowship sponsored by the National Press Foundation in December and the Knight Digital Media Center‘s workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, in January. She was recently accepted into April’s Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University. Rice Lamb was invited to join the National Advisory Council of the Center for Health Media and Policy at Hunter College.

Bryan Thompson, a health reporter at Kansas Public Radio, recently completed the National Public Radio/Kaiser Health News project, “Health Care In The States.” This workshop, which deepened the 24 participants’ understanding of issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, included a week of intensive training in Washington and is followed by a four-month mentorship with editors from NPR and KHN.

San Francisco-based independent journalist Laurie Udesky published an article about dangerous prescription drugs in nursing homes for The Bay Citizen that also appeared in The New York Times.

Harriet Washington, an independent journalist from Albany, N.Y., published her book, “Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future,” with Doubleday in November.

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AHCJ members tackle job changes, book publishing and earn awards

Pia Christensen

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.

Health journalists have been busy, with a number of job changes, awards and new books out. Here’s the latest news about AHCJ members:


Conscious Living TV recently launched its latest media platform: taxi screens in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Seattle. Bianca Alexander is a correspondent/executive producer of the news show about the eco-movement.

Joe Carlson (@MHJCarlson) has a new beat covering legal affairs for Modern Healthcare magazine. He received the print journalism award this summer for best story in trade-circulation category from the National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation for his 2010 story, “Bad for Business.”

Bob Mitchell has been named editor at CMIO Magazine, based in Providence, R.I. The online and print publication reaches chief medical information officers.

The Oakland Tribune ran Beatrice Motamedi‘s three-part series on inner-city teens and stress, called “The Long Arm of Childhood,” on the front page for three days in May and June. The series was a project of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC/Annenberg.

Following the terrorist attacks in 2011, PJ Noonan found families who had babies born on Sept. 11, 2001, and told the stories of six of them in USA Weekend. For the 10th anniversary, Noonan located the six children and their parents for a feature in the Sept. 11, 2011, issue of USA Weekend.

Marie Powers has joined BioWorld Today as a staff writer. With 15 years on the health care beat, Powers will cover breaking news on public and private companies for the biotechnology industry’s daily newspaper and contribute to affiliated reports.

Jennifer Ringler has started the master of science in health communication program at Boston University. She is the volunteer associate director, grants and media relations, for the International Cancer Advocacy Network.

HealthNewsReview.org publisher Gary Schwitzer, who is a member of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee, contributed a chapter on health care journalism to the FDA’s new “Communicating Risks and Benefits:  An Evidence-Based User’s Guide.”  Australian journalist Melissa Sweet has written a review of the guide.


Health columnist LJ Anderson won second place for her Palo Alto Daily News’ feature columns in the 2011 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards, sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

WebMD’s Daniel J. DeNoon, senior medical writer, Laura J. Martin, M.D., and Sean Swint, executive editor, won a 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Online Deadline Reporting (Affiliated) for “Gene Test, Preventive Surgery Save Women’s Lives.”

Steven Kussin, M.D., has opened a community-based, non-academic Shared Decision Center. His book, “Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now” was published on Aug. 28.

Maryn McKenna, an independent journalist and an AHCJ board member, won a 2011 Science in Society Journalism Award, sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers, for her book “Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA” (Free Press).

Jennifer Meckles, who recently began a job at WBIR-Knoxville, Tenn., as a multimedia journalist, won a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional journalists in the Television News General Reporting category for “New Signs for Boomer Eyes,” a piece about the government changing road sign policies due to the failing eyesight of the Baby Boomer generation. She was a finalist in the Television News In-Depth Reporting category for “Target 8: Fulton Hospital,” an investigation into a maximum security Missouri prison and mental rehabilitation center.

HealthSource and Florida Doctor – North magazines, published by Beson4 Media Group, were honored by the Florida Magazine Association. HealthSource received a Charlie Award for Writing Excellence in Best Service Coverage for its November 2010 diabetes issue. Florida Doctor – North received a Bronze Award for General Excellence in Best Overall Magazine/Trade/Technical for its August 2010, January 2011 and February 2011 issues. Vanessa Wells is the editor at Beson4 Media Group.


William “Lee” Dubois‘ book, “Diabetes Warrior: Be your own knight in shining armor. How to stay healthy and happy with diabetes,” has been published.

John Hacker, managing editor at The Carthage (Mo.) Press, and Randy Turner have written “5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado.” It is Hacker’s story about covering the tornado, along with stories from other survivors and obituaries for the 160 people who died.

Harriet Hodgson, B.S., M.A., an independent journalist based in Rochester, Minn., has just had her 29th and 30th books published. “Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss” was published by Centering Corporation in Omaha. “Real Meals on 18 Wheels: A Guide for Healthy Living on the Highway,” is a nutrition book for truckers written with Kathryn Clements, R.D.  The seed money for the project came from a major trucking company and the pair self-published it using CreateSpace.

Dave Parks, a freelance journalist in Birmingham, Ala., has just authored a book published through Apress, “Health Care Reform Simplified.” It describes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, translating the law’s complex language into terms that are easy to understand. Parks blogs about health care reform.

Launching Your Dietetics Career” (American Dietetic Association, 2011) is the sixth book written by D. Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.N. It explains the pathway to becoming a registered dietitian and features more than a dozen interviews with professionals in the field. Stokes is working toward a doctorate degree in health communication from the University of Connecticut.