Karl Stark: From Investigative Journalism to Encouraging Healthcare Financials Transparency

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Karl Stark, a longtime member of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), is the Director of Content Strategy & Editor in Residence at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, he focuses on encouraging LDI Fellows to write for the public.

Before joining LDI, Stark worked for more than three decades at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as Health Editor, Business News Editor and National/Foreign Editor, among other positions. His reporting on the bankrupt Allegheny health system helped lead to indictments of the top three executives. He also served as President of AHCJ, the nation’s leading group of health reporters and editors.

Stark is a co-author of AHCJ’s “Covering the Quality of Health Care – A Resource Guide for Journalists” and leads a session on covering hospital finances at AHCJ’s annual meeting. He is a graduate of Yale University where he played varsity tennis and has distant memories of skating competitively with his sister Julie.

Stark will be one of the speakers in a four-part series called “Follow the Money,” produced by AHCJ and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). This series aims to equip journalists with the tools they need to tell stories about hospitals’ financial health using resources such as AHCJ’s hospitalfinances.org site.

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