SABEW Announces 2019 Health Care Symposium Fellows

Fifteen journalists were selected as fellows for SABEW’s seventh annual Health Care Symposium, made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

The group will gather in Washington, D.C., June 27-29 at the National Press Club and at the Bloomberg Washington bureau. The symposium will help the fellows better understand health care economics and will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act. Fellows will be able to share and test out story ideas.

The 2019 health care fellows are:

  • Felicia Alvarez, reporter, Sacramento Business Journal
  • Dr. Lisa Benton, health, medical & wellness editor, Columbus & Dayton African American News
  • Lauren Coleman-Lochner, reporter, Bloomberg
  • Tatiana Darie, health care reporter, Bloomberg
  • Sara Gilgore, staff reporter, Washington Business Journal
  • Alexandra Glorioso, Florida health care and business reporter, POLITICO
  • Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones, Data journalist, Investigative Economics
  • David Hood, reporter, S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Kris Mamula, reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Hannah Norman, reporter, San Francisco Business Times
  • David Reich-Hale, business health care reporter, Newsday
  • JC Reindl, reporter, Detroit Free Press
  • Chelsea Shannon, brain room research specialist, ABC10-KXTV Sacramento
  • Shira Stein, health care oversight reporter, Bloomberg Law
  • Ricky Zipp, health care reporter, S&P Global Market Intelligence

“Journalists need support to cover an unclear and rapidly changing health care landscape,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director of SABEW. “The symposium will help reporters better understand the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, single-payer health care models and prescription drug pricing.”

Here’s the schedule.

Speakers include Joan Alker, The Center for Children and Families, executive director and co-founder; Sara Collins, vice president for the Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund; Katie Keith, part-time researcher at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and principal at Keith Policy Solutions at Georgetown University; Sydney Lupkin, data correspondent at Kaiser Health News; John Kagia, industry analytics at New Frontier Data; and Leigh Purvis, director of health services research at AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

Ridgely Ochs, former health care reporter at Newsday, is producing the symposium.

The symposium is part of a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to SABEW to educate journalists on health care issues. 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, visit


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