Richard Kipling

Richard Kipling

Center for Health Reporting

Richard Kipling is executive director of the Center. He led the pilot project that resulted in the Centers founding in 2009. During a 35-year journalism career, Kipling has held various newsroom management positions at the San Diego Union and at the Los Angeles Times, where he was city editor of the San Diego County Edition and editor of the Times Orange County Edition. For several years, Kipling was director of the Tribune Companys Minority Editorial Training Program (METPro), where he recruited, trained and placed at daily newspapers almost 200 minority journalists. He has taught journalism at USC, Occidental College and Caltech. Kipling holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and pursued a PhD degree in Government at the Claremont Graduate School.

Phone: 213-610-9919

Twitter: @richardkipling1

Email: rkipling at

Center Future

Center, operating since 2008, is in transition

The USC Annenberg-based Center for Health Reporting, which has published more than 150 projects with 50 California news media partners over the past five years, is investigating new funding sources

Undervaccinated children also a public health concern

The recent measles outbreak has raised the temperature of the vaccination debate, vaulting it into the public policy arena.

Viewpoints: Lack of doctors in Humboldt reflects rural problems with access to health care

Humboldt County is a place of stunning physical beauty, a stark contrast to its residents’ astoundingly poor physical health. State data show the county at or near the bottom of health/wellness measures in virtually every category.

Is another epidemic coming?

Is another infectious disease about to run rampant in California? A year ago the state Department of Public Health had reported 3 cases of measles; this year 32. Los Angeles Orange and Riverside counties are home to 21 of the 32 cases.

Getting ready for emergency care for the elderly

There is no dispute here – the elderly are coming and in unprecedented numbers. Their arrival promises to have a lasting impact on California’s health system.

California Assembly favors better dental care for poor children -- and something else

The California Assembly last month voted overwhelmingly to support the Virtual Dental Home. The bill is now in Senate committee.

What kind of program gets such strong support from both sides of the aisle?  

Journalism steps up

It’s not often that I yearn to see our state Legislature in action, but I was drawn to tune in to cable Tuesday morning to watch the Human Services Committee Joint Legislative Hearing.

Lead paint’s harm: A judge’s ruling may benefit thousands of poor children

It took 13 years and far too much paint licked by youngsters like Antonio for mitigation monies to be ordered, but this week a judge potentially changed the lives of thousands of mostly poor California children.

Paradox: Latinos like Obamacare, but enrollment lags

USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll last month noted that California’s Latinos overwhelmingly favor Obamacare

Old newspaper front page reveals President Clinton grappling with Obamacare-like health reform issues

I’m cleaning out my garage and stumble on a huge bag of old newspapers I’ve saved over the years. I find myself staring at a front page of the Los Angeles Times.

Date: Friday, September 17, 1993.

Covered CA's Day One: Little sign of drugstore help

On Covered California’s first day, a lot of people are searching for information. One place they might NOT want to go is their local drugstore.

Community engagement: The Center breaks new ground

I was nervous, worried and excited. We all were. This was new territory for our shop.

Searching for health care coverage in Kansas

I found myself recently in Topeka, Kansas, my hometown, but not for an exercise in nostalgia.

Nurses’ Association approaches Obamacare with hope – and concerns

While we all focus on the changes Obamacare will surely bring to primary care and hospitals, ground zero in the brave new world of health reform may well rest somewhere else, somewhere closer.

Mental illness and Nevada

Mental illness continues to haunt our society.

California Medical Association grapples with onset of huge change in medical care

 The California Medical Association is no wallflower in the conversation about the state’s health reform future.

Is there a doctor in the house? In California, it depends. ...

Does California have enough doctors?

How many times have we seen this question?

Best-kept-secret CAPG is a player in California health discussions

To the greater public, CAPG could be a sports team, a medical procedure or a test to get into college.

Newtown tragedy makes project on California mental health cuts live again

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I had occasion to re-read a project the Center published last May with the Central Valley’s Modesto Bee newspaper.  The three-day package, titled 

Medical Board of California oversight – a case of broken windows?

Over the past month, in a front-page series of stories, the Los Angeles Times has e

Out-of-state doctors can now volunteer for free clinic events

Evidence of economic hard times abounds, but none is quite as graphic as the lines of people snaking around blocks, stadiums and arenas desperately seeking free health care.

Obamacare Validated

California health care in focus

Insurance coverage and Affordable Care Act statistics.

California plans for a change in climate, and “extreme heat” is the rule

There it is, right on the California Department of Public Health home page. It’s listed there -- no irony intended, I suspect -- under “Other Hot Topics.”

State immunization statistics tell a story, don’t they?


Nurse-led clinics may not be new, but they may be the future

Who doesn’t remember running to the school nurse’s office with a nosebleed or ear ache? But how many among us have gone to a nurse-managed clinic for our adult health care?

A health training program everybody likes, but…

The past couple years, we’ve witnessed a seeming contradiction in state health policy.

Staying Alive

California faces headwinds in easing doctor shortages

The Supreme Court’s validation of President Obama’s landmark health law sets off a scramble across California to find enough primary care doctors and other professionals to serve an estimated 3 milli

The debate over the Healthy Families program -- who wins?

It’s yet another drama in the California money play called “Bad Options.” The main characters include the governor, the Legislature, programs eyed by the former for cuts or elimination, and advocates and clients trying desperatel

California's on the precipice of a stunning senior tsunami

It’s no best-kept secret that the United States is a growing-older population, matching its compatriots among the established industrialized nations.

The dental crisis extends far beyond California

The Center has produced a bevy of stories on California dental issues, focusing on access-


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