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Health Journalist Gary Schwitzer Joins NPA Board of Directors

Posted by William Jordan, MD, MPH May 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Gary Schwitzer to NPA’s board of directors. An award-winning health journalist with a profound commitment to unbiased, evidence-based reporting, Gary brings a wealth of shared values and communications experience to NPA’s leadership. Read Gary’s bio below, and do check out this recent article about his work at HealthNewsReview.org. Welcome, Gary!

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Gary Schwitzer Bio:
Gary Schwitzer has published HealthNewsReview.org since 2006. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and director of the Center for Media Communication & Health.

Previously, he was a faculty member in the University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, gaining tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, while serving as director of graduate studies for a health journalism MA program. He left that position to devote fulltime attention to HealthNewsReview.org.

He has been widely published – including a 2002 JAMA piece, “The Magical Medical Media Tour,” and a 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine article, “A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories.” Gary worked in television news for 15 years – in Milwaukee, Dallas and CNN. The Kaiser Family Foundation published his 2009 report, “The State of U.S. Health Journalism.” For the Association of Health Care Journalists, he wrote the organization’s Statement of Principles and a guide on how to report on studies. For 9 consecutive years, he has conducted workshops at the annual meeting of the Association.

He won a Knight Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for the creation of HealthNewsReview.org in 2006. In 2007, he won a Mirror Award for media industry reporting from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. In 2008, the Poynter Institute named him an Ethics Fellow. In 2014, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation named him one of 25 “Champions of Shared Decision Making,” and the American Medical Writers Association honored him “for preeminent contributions to medical communication.”

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