Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—the Nation’s Largest Philanthropy Focused on Health and Equity—Provides Seed Funding
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — KFF will expand its Kaiser Health News (KHN) operation and health journalism across the South with $2.3 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to produce more journalism focusing on health, race, equity, and poverty in the region.
With RWJF’s support, adding to KFF’s staff capacity, KFF will seek support from other national funders as well as state and regional donors with the goal of expanding the effort across the Southern states and in Texas.
In the start-up phase, KFF plans to establish a Southern Bureau with a home office in Atlanta and nine new positions to support reporting in at least five states. KHN also will work with freelancers and media partners throughout the region. This expansion brings the number of KHN regional bureaus to four – including those in California, the Midwest, and the Mountain States – in addition to the KHN national newsroom in KFF’s Washington D.C. offices.
Veteran journalist Andy Miller, CEO and editor of Georgia Health News, will be Interim Bureau Chief of the new KHN outpost, and the nonprofit news service that Miller founded 11 years ago will become part of KHN. Sabriya Rice, another distinguished journalist and the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, will join the enterprise beginning as Senior Advisor to the bureau.
KFF will establish a pool of funds to be used to seek matching commitments from national, state, and regional funders throughout the South to expand the initiative. KHN will seek to partner with local media throughout the region to produce deeply reported stories that shed light on underreported issues. The South has long fared poorly on measures of health care access and health outcomes and has been marked by chronically high rates of uninsured residents -- problems inextricably linked with larger issues of politics, race, and inequality. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown such disparities into even sharper relief.
The goal is to bring the same high-quality health and health policy journalism that KHN produces elsewhere to the South, and to bring important stories from the Southern Bureau to the nation. As with all its journalism, KHN stories produced from the Southern Bureau will be made freely available for publication by media outlets throughout the region and the country and will be published on khn.org and distributed through KHN’s social media platforms.
Media organizations interested in working with KHN should contact KHN at KHNPartnerships@kff.org and those interested in providing additional funding support to expand and improve health journalism in the South and beyond should contact KFF at email@example.com. Employment opportunities for the Southern Bureau will be posted soon at https://www.kff.org/employment-opportunities/.
About KFF and KHN
KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported research and programs to uncover the many factors that impact health, and enable people and communities to be as healthy as possible. Working alongside public health leaders, entrepreneurs, research scientists, policymakers and community leaders, the Foundation is committed to ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to achieve better health where we live, learn, work and play.
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