So, you want to cover health care? Here’s how. Follow the people, the money, the data.

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Elizabeth Lucas of Kaiser Health News; Nina Martin of ProPublica; Kristen Schorsch of WBEZ Public Radio
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 11 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom I
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

In this session, we’ll unravel the mystery behind tackling one of the toughest, fastest-moving beats, especially given the turmoil in Washington. After all, health care impacts everyone, from cradle to grave. Learn how to investigate stories from all sides, from approaching sensitive topics with patients to digging into documents and data and wading through medical jargon. What happens if there is no data? We’ll get to that, too.

Speaker Bios

  • Liz Lucas is the data editor at Kaiser Health News, and primarily works with the enterprise team on long-term projects. Previously she was the NICAR Data Library director at IRE. @eklucas 

  • Nina Martin covers sex & gender issues, with a special interest in reproductive and maternal health. She has worked at ProPublica since 2013. @byninamartin

  • Kristen Schorsch is a reporter on the politics and government team at WBEZ, the NPR affiliate in Chicago. Previously, she followed the money in health care for Crain’s Chicago Business, and covered crime, courts, government and higher education at the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Kristen is a member of IRE and the Chicago Headline Club, where she’s a longtime board member and organizer of FOIAFest. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, where she caught the journalism bug at the Daily Illini. @kschorsch

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