Center welcomes broadcast journalist Kelley Weiss

Kelley Weiss, an award-winning broadcast journalist, has joined the staff of the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting.

The Center, based at the University of Southern California, reports on California health care issues through partnerships with news organizations across the state. Weiss will help lead an expansion of the center’s broadcast work, especially in public radio.

Weiss has received numerous awards for her health reporting. In 2009 she won a national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She also is the recipient of several honors in the annual awards competition of the Association of Health Care Journalists, including a first prize in radio reporting in 2008. Weiss has been a health reporter and talk show co-host at KCUR in Kansas City and a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, and has recently worked as a freelance reporter and producer based in Sacramento. She has been a frequent contributor to NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and to the World Vision Report, Marketplace, The World and KQED Public Radio. Weiss has also worked as a newspaper staff writer and freelancer for Reuters and California Watch, a project of The Center for Investigative Reporting.

“Kelley is a gifted, versatile journalist who knows California health care,” said David Westphal, the center’s editor-in-chief. “Her voice will be a strong addition to our reporting team.”

Weiss and the multimedia reporter Lauren Whaley will make up the center’s broadcast unit as it expands beyond its print focus.

The CHCF Center for Health Reporting launched in September 2009 as a new source of independent, in-depth reporting about health care in California. To date, the center’s team of seven journalists has produced 27 projects that have appeared in more than 50 California outlets. The center is funded by the nonpartisan California HealthCare Foundation.

Senior Writer Emily Bazar is based in our Sacramento office, where she covers health care policy in California, with a focus on Obamacare implementation, Medi-Cal budget cuts, children’s dental care and variation in the use of medical treatments. Bazar also writes a biweekly column called “Ask Emily,” which answers readers’ questions about the Affordable Care Act. Her articles are published in newspapers and websites across the state, including The San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Daily News, The Sacramento Bee and The San Jose Mercury News. She also regularly appears on KQED’s Forum, Capital Public Radio’s Insight, KPCC, Valley Public Radio and other on-air programs to discuss health care. Her reporting on Medi-Cal’s troubled children’s dental program was awarded the 2011 California Journalism Award for Special Feature/Enterprise Reporting. Prior to joining the Center for Health Reporting, Bazar was a national reporter for USA TODAY, where she covered immigration, the effects of the economic recession and other topics. Her first journalism job was at The Sacramento Bee. Over nine years, her beats included transportation, higher education, California politics, the energy crisis and immigration. Bazar graduated from Stanford University. Contact email: office: 916-637-8966

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