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.

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