About Me

 

 

 

I didn’t start out wanting to be a reporter.  But making the switch from bank economist to economics reporter for a television news program was the best career decision I ever made. After a few years, I moved to NPR, where I worked first as the senior business correspondent, then as the founding senior editor and senior producer of the national talk show Science Friday and finally as an independent reporter while raising my son.  In 2005, I decided to concentrate on print and online work.   

 

As a contributing writer at the national print and online magazine CQ Researcher, I have written 12,000 word articles on health care topics such as patient safety, teen suicide, the obesity epidemic and the state of cancer research and treatment. I've also written about many other social issues, including the possible legalization of sports betting, the debate over Western public lands and the future of the coal industry.  

 

 

Fellowships & Awards

  • Medical Evidence Boot Camp, MIT
  • Kiplinger Fellowship 
  • Front Page Award (twice)
  • Population Institute’s Global Media Award
  • National Press Club Best Consumer Journalism Award
  • Lincoln University Unity Award

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Association of Health Care Journalists