Health & Science Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Karl Stark is the Health and Science Editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He worked as deputy editor of science, medicine and health at The Inquirer from August 2004 through August 2006. Before becoming an editor, Stark was a business health reporter for seven years at The Inquirer, covering hospitals and insurers and the many reasons health care is becoming more expensive.
A 1980 graduate of Yale University, Stark has won many awards for his investigative work, including the National Press Club�s Consumer Story of the Year. His stories on the now-defunct Allegheny health system triggered a criminal investigation that led to a no contest plea in August 2002 by former Allegheny Chief Executive Sharif S. Abdelhak for misusing medical endowments.
Stark is treasurer of the Association of Health Care Journalists, the nation’s leading group for health care reporters. He helped design a web course for reporters on How to Cover Your Local Hospital, and is co-leader of the AHCJ team overhauling the association’s web site. He was a lead author of Covering the Quality of Health Care — A Resource Guide for Journalists, published by the association in 2002. In September, 2001, he finished a year-long media fellowship from the Kaiser Family Foundation that enabled him to write about medical quality and medical errors, and learn first hand about the Cuban health system. He writes weekly jazz reviews for The Inquirer which are distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune Information Service, and has written for National Public Radio’s jazz website, www.nprjazz.org.
A former collegiate tennis player, he likes to think he still has game.
Additional contributions provided by:
Content Strategist, Info-Provocateur
Dr. Nancy Kane
Professor of Management
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health
Dr. Robert Wachter
Professor of Medicine
UC San Francisco