Senior writer Deborah Schoch specializes in topics tied to hospitals and health care delivery, aging, mental health and environmental health. She was a founding writer with the center’s pilot project. Schoch spent 18 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, reporting on the environment and public health. She wrote about E. coli food contamination in the Salinas Valley, asthma in Los Angeles, drought and mental health in Oregon and the loss of dark skies above Utah’s national parks. She earlier worked at the Rochester Times-Union, the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press and the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal. Schoch graduated from Cornell University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000, studying environmental science, law and policy. She was a 2009 fellow at the MIT Knight Science boot camp on medical evidence.
The California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting partners with news organizations across the state to produce in-depth reporting on health-care issues of importance to consumers and policymakers.