KHN Staff

John Fairhall

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

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.


Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of a critically-praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug law and its aftermath. Prior to NPR, Rovner covered health policy for National Journal's CongressDaily and for Congressional Quarterly, among others. She has a degree in political science from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


Julie Appleby reports on the health care law's implementation, health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her stories have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, MSNBC and others. Before joining KHN, Appleby spent 10 years covering the health care industry and policy at USA Today. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif. She serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a Master of Public Health degree.

Mary Agnes Carey has covered health reform and federal health policy for more than 15 years as an editor at CQ HealthBeat, as Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly and at Dow Jones Newswires. A frequent radio and television commentator, recently featured on the Nightly Business Report, the PBS NewsHour and on NPR affiliates nationwide, Mary Agnes has a thorough understanding of both the policy and politics of health reform. She worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Phil Galewitz covers Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, hospitals and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for nearly two decades. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004‐05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions to the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for the Associated Press and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health policy.

Anna Gorman is a senior correspondent based in Los Angeles. She joined from the Los Angeles Times, where she worked for nearly 15 years covering health care, immigration and the Mexican border. She was a 2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and taught journalism at Harvard University and at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Anna earned her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and her master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While at the L.A. Times, she was part of a team that won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize.

Jay Hancock joined Kaiser Health News in 2012 from The Baltimore Sun, where he wrote a column on business and finance. Previously he covered the State Department and the economics beat for The Sun and health care for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and the Daily Press of Newport News. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Jordan Rau's stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, and on and, among other media outlets. He came to KHN when it was started in 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered California government and health care politics in Sacramento. He previously reported for Newsday in New York, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and two newspapers in Vermont.

Sarah Varney reports on the implementation of the federal health law in the states and the effect of state budget woes on public programs, county governments and vulnerable populations including children and the elderly. Most recently, Sarah was the health reporter for KQED’s statewide news program The California Report. She began reporting for KQED in 2002 and covered a range of subjects: from the ethics, politics and science of stem cell research to the religious and legal challenges over gay marriage to a story that debunked "toxin-sucking" foot pads. Sarah reports regularly for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and for KHN’s print partners.


Jenny Gold covers the health care industry, overhaul and disparities for radio and print. Her stories for KHN have aired on NPR and been printed in USA Today, the Washington Post, McClatchy and MSNBC. She was previously a Kroc Fellow at NPR, where she covered health and business, and a broadcast associate at the CBS Evening News. She is a graduate of Brown University.

Daniela Hernandez started off a neuroscientist and then switched gears to journalism after doing a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at the Los Angeles Times. She has written about health, nutrition, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and tech for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, ESPN the Magazine, Scientific American Mind, and WIRED. She is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program and a former Kaiser Family Foundation media intern. She is never far away from some kind of gadget.


Marissa Evans is a Web reporter fellow for Kaiser Health News and an alumna of Marquette University originally from San Diego. Before joining KHN, she interned with The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, The Star Tribune and U-T San Diego. In January 2013 she launched InHue, an online health magazine for minority women. Her reporting interests include women’s health, racial health disparities, Medicaid and global health policy.

Lisa Gillespie, Web reporter, reports on Medicare and Medicaid federal and state policies, and was most recently a reporter with Washington-based Inside Health Policy. She has also reported on the dietary supplement and over-the-counter drug industries and employer-based health care benefits. Her work has appeared in Forbes,, The Tan Sheet, Employee Benefit News.

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Web reporting fellow, interned with the Texas Tribune as both a general assignment intern and a Kaiser Family Foundation media intern before coming to KHN. In Texas, she covered state politics, women’s health and local implementation of the federal health reform, with work appearing in the Texas Tribune, the New York Times and the Washington Post. She is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she studied English literature.


Mark Beckford

Mark Beckford, Web Producer. Before joining KHN, Mark worked at the Washington Post on the universal news desk that manages the website’s home page and the Post's content for the iPad. Prior to that, Mark was a fellow for the Washington Post/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He worked for several years at The Gleaner in Kingston, Jamaica, where he was a Senior Reporter and the Online Content Coordinator for several websites. Mark has also won several Multimedia Journalism awards.

Heidi de Marco, Multimedia Reporter and Producer, was a freelance video journalist and photographer specializing in work abroad, including a series of short-form videos about artisans in Guatemala supported by Novica and National Geographic. She was a managing editor for El Pueblo in Los Angeles prior to moving to India for a post-graduate program in at the International Center for Journalists. Heidi also studied Spanish-language broadcast journalism at UCLA.

Carol Eisenberg

Carol Eisenberg, Senior Editor, has spent 30 years as a reporter and editor. She began writing about health policy in the 1990s for Newsday, where she was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. Before coming to KHN, she was social policy editor at Congressional Quarterly, overseeing coverage of the passage of the health care law. She graduated from Cornell University and studied health policy during a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.

Karl Eisenhower

Karl Eisenhower, Senior Web Editor, first covered health care policy in 1991, when he was American Health Line’s first managing editor. Karl has helped launch several politics and policy Web sites, including PoliticsUSA, PoliticsNow, the Freedom Channel and More recently, Karl was assistant managing editor for newsroom operations at, and new media strategy editor at National Journal.

Julie Marquis

Julie Marquis, Senior Editor, has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for 27 years, including two decades at the Los Angeles Times, where she most recently was the metro projects editor. Much of her work over the years has focused on health care. She was the primary editor on the Pulitzer-prize winning series, "The Troubles at King-Drew.” Julie has a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Communication from Stanford University. She attended the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1993-94 on an Alfred P. Sloan media fellowship.

Stephanie Stapleton

Stephanie Stapleton, Editor, oversees the news aggregation for KHN writing and editing the two morning emails – First Edition and the Daily Report. In addition, she supervises the web reporters and coordinates and edits KHN’s columns and stories as needed. She was an editor and a reporter at American Medical News newspaper and online site.

Lexie Verdon

Lexie Verdon, Senior Editor, came to KHN after 32 years at The Washington Post. Her assignments there included 10 years as deputy editor of the paper’s award‐winning Health section and an assignment editor in the Metro news section and she supervised the Continuous News Desk, which was responsible for getting staff breaking news stories to The Post’s website. She is a native of Montana.

Andrew Villegas, Associate Editor, coordinates story web production, produces graphics and photo illustrations and helps edit the Daily Report for KHN. He also acts as KHN's social media editor. Andrew covered politics in northern Colorado before coming to Washington in 2009. He is a graduate of School of Journalism at the University of Colorado and lives in Denver.

Diane Webber

Diane Webber, Editor, has 20 years’ experience covering health care, education and politics. She helped launch Politico Pro’s new health care news service. She is the author of five books for teens on science and health topics published by Scholastic and is a graduate of Barnard College.


A'ngela Thomas

A'ngela Thomas is the administrative and financial hub for KHN, providing project and contract administration support. She manages the budget, prepares financial reports, coordinates meetings and helps update the website. She previously served as the administrative coordinator KFF’s South African Program on HIV AIDS.


Mitch Berger