Course Credits

The Association of Health Care Journalists

This module was developed in partnership with the Association of Health Care Journalists through a grant from the Knight Foundation.

Course Instructor

Charles Ornstein Photo
Senior Reporter, ProPublica

Charles Ornstein, in collaboration with Tracy Weber, was a lead reporter on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times titled "The Troubles at King/Drew" hospital that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service in 2005. Ornstein reported for the Times starting in 2001, in the last five years largely in partnership with Weber. Earlier, Ornstein spent five years as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. He is vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a former Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow.

Karl Stark Photo
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,

A former collegiate tennis player, he likes to think he still has game.

Additional contributions provided by:

Amy Gahran
Content Strategist, Info-Provocateur
Boulder, CO

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

On the Beat: Covering Hospitals was developed by Kinection.

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