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2006 Kaiser Media Fellows

Laura Beil, freelance journalist, Dallas, TX
Project: Abstinence education – the impact, philosophy, curricula and funding
Abstinence education faces an uncertain future” (New York Times, 7/18/07)

June Cross, independent documentary film producer, New York City, NY
Project: Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the healthcare safety net across the country

Eric Eyre, reporter, The Charleston (West VA) Gazette, Charleston, WV
Project: West Virginia’s dental health problems and potential policy solutions
Click here to see Eric’s four-part series on dental health in W. Virginia

Howard Gleckman, senior correspondent, Business Week, Washington, D.C.
Project: Financing long-term care

Paul Jacobs, project team reporter, The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, CA
Project: The effect of the new World Trade Organization pharmaceutical patenting requirements on health in the developing world, and its potential impact on the U.S.

Joanne Kenen, Washington Congressional correspondent, Reuters News Agency, Washington, D.C.
Project: End-of-life and palliative care – ethics, quality of care, accessibility and cost.
The New specialty in cancer care” (cure, Spring 2008)
Doctors in training” (cure, Spring 2008)
For when it hurts” (cure, Spring 2008)
Needs of dying children wins heart of actress” (Reuters, 11/23/07)
Rx for care: being there” (Hadassah Magazine, Vol. 89, November 2007)
In search of a gentler end” (Stateline.org, 10/29/07)
The Comfort Connection” (AARP Magazine, September/October 2007)
A new focus on easing the pain” (Washington Post, 7/3/07)
Finding palliative care, near and far” (Washington Post, 7/3/07)
Treating the Body and Soul” (Washingtonian, 7/1/07)


Seema Mathur
, medical reporter, CBS 42 KEYE-TV, Austin, TX
Project: Overcrowding in the ER and its impact on healthcare
Click here to see Seema’s Report
Seema won a number of awards for her series, ER: In Critical Condition, including:

National Edward R. Murrow: News Series
Lone Star Emmy: Health/Science – News Series
Anson Jones, MD Award Honoring Excellence in Health Communication
Association of Health Care Journalists: 2006: Excellence in Health Care Journalism
American College of Emergency Physicians: 2006: Journalism of Excellence Award
South Asian Journalism Association: Outstanding Story on Any Subject: Specialists

Maryn McKenna, journalist and author, Minneapolis, MN
Project: The worsening crisis in emergency departments
After the Deluge” (04/2008) More
Two Years Later, Every Day is Monday in New Orleans Emergency Departments” (01/2008) Annals of Emergency Medicine
HIV testing: should the emergency department take part?” (03/2007)
Polyheme and the ethics of informed consent” (11/2006)
Anatomy of a pandemic: Emergency departments woefully unprepared for bird flu outbreak” (09/2006)
Debate rages over the ‘future of emergency care’” (08/2006)

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