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Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.


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KHN’s mission is to provide high-quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels. In addition, KHN covers trends in the delivery of health care and in the marketplace.

We provide new opportunities for health care journalists to produce in-depth work and a new vehicle to distribute it through collaborations with major news organizations and on this website. This website also features daily summaries of major health care news from across the nation, as well as original videos and a broad range of perspectives from contributing writers and issues.

KHN is an editorially-independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California, that is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues.

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KHN's coverage of aging and long term care issues is supported in part by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, based in Long Beach, Calif. The SCAN Foundation is an independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing a sustainable continuum of quality care for seniors that integrates medical treatment and human services with the greatest likelihood of a healthy, independent life.

The Blue Shield of California Foundation helps fund KHN coverage in California.  The foundation, funded by the insurer Blue Shield of California, seeks to improve Californians’ access to high-quality affordable health care and to end domestic violence.

The California Endowment helps fund KHN’s coverage of the Affordable Care Act in the state. The Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission to expand access to health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

KHN accepts no advertising and all original content is available to other news organizations and the public free of charge. Neither KHN nor the Kaiser Family Foundation is affiliated with the health insurance company Kaiser Permanente. Learn more about our Editorial Policy.  



John Fairhall, Editor-In-Chief, was a reporter and editor at the Baltimore Sun for 27 years. As an assistant managing editor, he oversaw health and science coverage as well as projects.

Peggy Girshman, Executive Editor, is a former managing editor of National Public Radio, an Executive Editor at Congressional Quarterly and also worked as a producer for Dateline NBC and several PBS series. She has won two Peabody Awards for health policy coverage.

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KHN has a distinguished National Advisory Committee who include:

  • Chairman: Leonard Downie, Jr., vice president at large, The Washington Post, and former executive editor of the Post;

  • Jim Brady, CEO Stomping Ground and former editor-in-chief, Digital First Media;

  • Mark Katches, editor, The Oregonian and VP for Content, Oregon Media Group; former editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch;

  • Kevin Klose,professor and former dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and former president of National Public Radio, Inc.;

  • Bill Kovach, founding chairman of Committee of Concerned Journalists, former executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution;

  • David Leonhardt, editor, The Upshot; former DC Bureau Chief, The New York Times;

  • Diana Mason, Rudin professor of nursing at Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York, and director of the Center for Health Media and Policy;

  • Arlene Morgan,visiting professor in the Department of Journalism and special assistant to the dean on external affairs, Temple University; former associate dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism;

  • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, American Press Institute;
  • Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune; 

  • Cathy Trost, vice president, Exhibits, Programs & Media Relations, Newseum, founding director of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families.



  • Karen Dunlap, former president and trustee of the Poynter Institute;

  • Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation;

  • Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University;



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