California Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

California Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Position Summary:

KFF is a nonprofit leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, and health journalism. Its mission is to fill the need for trusted information on national health issues. KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the health care community, and the public.

We are seeking an experienced, versatile reporter with a strong interest in health and health policy to produce stories for both California and national audiences, working as part of our California Healthline team. We want someone who can quickly turn around news and trend stories that are timely and have edge. We’d like you to be able to tackle accountability pieces and quick investigations, too.

We want you to help infuse our coverage with bullet-proof reporting and thoughtful writing on the big health care issues affecting people in California and the country and also find the hidden stories that aren’t yet being written. Your job is to make sense of policymaking, breaking news and politics — and turn that knowledge into relatable stories about people for audiences not enmeshed in health care policy.

You’ll be part of an ambitious and fast-growing organization of more than 80 collegial journalists. We have reporters and editors spread across the United States who will share ideas and collaborate with you. Your work will reach statewide and national audiences. We pay well and our benefits are unparalleled.

We’d prefer a person based in Northern California, but we are also willing to consider candidates who would need to relocate within or to California if they already have sources and knowledge of issues in the region.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years reporting, some health or health policy experience preferred, though experience covering politics, business, or technology is also a plus.
  • Preference for a Spanish speaker or someone who can speak a second language common in California.
  • Maintain high-quality work while juggling a mix of quick-turns and enterprise assignments.
  • Ability to translate health policy into people-centered storytelling and tackle accountability pieces and investigations.
  • Generate story ideas, turn assignments around in a timely fashion, and hand in clean copy.
  • Collaborate throughout the newsroom and with partner news organizations.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.


More about KHN and KFF:

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. With a staff of 80 reporters, editors, web producers, and photographers/videographers in California, DC, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, and Montana, plus dozens more freelance columnists, animators, web developers, photographers, and videographers around the nation, KHN is committed to in-depth reporting on health policy news. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF. KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation. KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. It has no connection with Kaiser Permanente.

KHN provides this coverage on as well as in partnership with other news organizations, including NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NBC, and a host of other media outlets. KHN has won numerous journalism awards for its coverage. All material is provided free of charge. In addition to publishing in-depth articles on new developments in the health care system and on national and local health care initiatives and debates, KHN also produces daily briefings summarizing news coverage of health policy. For more than a decade, these reports have provided readers with daily updates on how the media are covering U.S. health care policy.



KFF provides a compensation package that is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The annual salary range for this position is between $70,000 and $95,000. Offers are based on the candidate's years of experience and KFF’s practice of upholding salary equity. KFF also offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.


How to Apply

If this position is of interest to you, and you have the requisite experience and qualifications, please click here to apply. Tell us why you want to work at this great organization and why no one else could do this job better than you could. Give us links to some of your best articles (and those don’t have to be about health care). We’re excited to hear from you.

KFF has an efficient applicant review process and will contact candidates who have applied for this position and whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job. No phone inquiries please.

KFF requires all employees to provide proof that they are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.

It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.

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