SABEW announces 2016 Health Care Fellows

Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday November 22, 2016

For the full symposium schedule, click here.

Fifteen journalists from across the United States have been selected as fellows for SABEW’s fifth annual Health Care Symposium sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

The group will gather in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1-3 at the National Press Club and at the Bloomberg–Washington, D.C., bureau. The symposium will give fellows a head start covering a new administration and Congress, which have vowed to make sweeping changes in health care.

The 2016 health care fellows are:

  • Jessica Bartlett, health care reporter, Boston Business Journal
  • Sherri Buri McDonald, business reporter, The Register-Guard
  • Emma Court, health care reporter, Dow Jones’ MarketWatch
  • Morgan Eichensehr, reporter, Baltimore Business Journal
  • Laura Garcia, health and nonprofits reporter, Victoria Advocate
  • John George, senior reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Elizabeth Hayes, reporter, Portland Business Journal
  • Sharadha Kalyanam, U.S. financial services and insurance reporter, S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Tami Luhby, senior writer, CNN Money
  • Alicia McElhaney, reporter, TheStreet
  • Tom Murphy, reporter, The Associated Press
  • Helaine Olen, columnist, Slate
  • Laura Santhanam, data producer, PBS NewsHour
  • Preeti Singh, journalism student, Columbia Journalism School (will participate as both a Fellow and social media reporter for SABEW).
  • Pashtana Usufzy, medical/health reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Speakers will include Sara Collins, vice president for the Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund; Justin Giovannelli, associate research professor and project director at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute; Erin Fuse Brown, assistant professor of law at Georgia State University; Jordan Rau, reporter at Kaiser Health News; Thomas Miller, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Leigh Purvis, director of health services research in AARP’s Public Policy Institute; Fernanda Alonso, associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University; and Jon Greenberg, staff writer at PolitiFact.

“The symposium comes at a critical time as the president-elect and Republicans in Congress vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  With the absence of specifics on the health care overhaul, journalists need support to cover an unclear and rapidly changing health care landscape,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director, SABEW.

The conference is being organized by Ridgely Ochs, former health care reporter at Newsday.

SABEW is the world’s largest organization dedicated to business and financial journalism. For more information go to

The symposium is a continuation of SABEW’s relations with The Commonwealth Fund to educate journalists and to provide training on health care. The Commonwealth Fund is a national, private foundation based in New York City that supports independent research on health care issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. For more information go to

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