Editorial Staff

Modern Healthcare's team of reporters and editors report, write and produce not only the industry's leading business news weekly, but also its daily e-mail newsletter, the Daily Dose, Modern Healthcare Alert for breaking news, and the Web-exclusive copy you read online.

Our reporters have expertise in specific areas, such as investor-owned hospitals and legal affairs, and they develop stories based on their contacts in the field. The result? We often beat the competition.

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Merrill Goozner
Twitter: @MHGoozner

Provides overall editorial direction and oversees editorial content for magazine, newsletters and website. Background includes 30 years as an editor, writer and journalism educator. Author of The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs (University of California Press, 2004). Former foreign, national and chief economics correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and professor of journalism at New York University. Contributor to numerous publications including the New York Times, the American Prospect, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and the Fiscal Times. MS in journalism, Columbia University; BA in history, University of Cincinnati (2008 Distinguished Alumni Award). Joined Modern Healthcare in 2012.

Harris Meyer
Managing Editor
Twitter: @MHHmeyer
Oversees news and feature coverage. Has covered healthcare and law since 1983, most recently as a freelance writer for Health Affairs, Kaiser Health News, the Oregonian, Medscape and other publications. Served as law editor at the Daily Business Review in Miami; staff writer at the New Times alternative weekly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; senior writer at Hospitals & Health Networks; national correspondent at American Medical News; and health unit researcher at WMAQ-TV News in Chicago. Bachelorís degree in communications from Northwestern University. Winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 2000. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

Gregg Blesch
Managing Editor - Digital
Twitter: @MHgblesch

Oversees news coverage and edits weekly news section. Background includes healthcare reporter for the Daily Southtown, Tinley Park, Ill.; education reporter for the Columbian, a daily newspaper serving Vancouver, Wash. MS, journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.; BA, English, Willamette University, Salem, Ore. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2007.

John N. Frank
News Editor
Twitter: @MHJFrank

Oversees and directs reporting staff in its collection of daily news for website and newsletters. Background includes nearly 40 years as a professional journalist, editor, editorial director and college journalism instructor. Reporting experience includes stints with Reuters, KnightRidder and BusinessWeek. Experience in healthcare includes covering healthcare marketing as editorial director for Marketing Health Services magazine, healthcare debt collection and finance issues as editor of Collections & Credit Risk magazine, and healthcare technology as editor of Card Technology magazine. He holds journalism degrees from Marquette University (BA) and Northwestern University (MSJ). Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

David May
Assistant Managing Editor/Features
Twitter: @MHdmay

Edits cover stories, special reports and other features. Background includes copy desk chief at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill., and copy editor at the Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa. BA, Journalism, Northern Illinois University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 1989.

Maureen McKinney
Editorial Program Manager/Chicago
Twitter: @MHMMcKinney

Oversees editorial programs, including virtual conferences, webinars and other healthcare leadership events. Also reports on evidence-based best practices and other feature topics. Background includes reporting on health information technology and patient safety for a number of healthcare industry publications. M.S.J., Journalism, Northwestern University. B.A., Communications and Art History, University of Michigan.

Pat Fanelli
Art Director

Oversees creative design of all editorial products. Background includes more than 20 years of print and digital design, in publishing and marketing. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2011. BA, Journalism, Northern Illinois University.

Keith Horist
Production Manager

Oversees all graphics for magazine as well as production and printing process. Background includes Crain Communications production department; English teacher, Elmwood Park, Ill. In 2007, Horist received the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for magazine design from the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Joined Modern Healthcare in 1987.

Pat Shrader
Digital Editor
Twitter: @MHpshrader

Oversees the Daily Dose, a daily e-mail newsletter. Background includes news technology manager, Webmaster and copy editor at the Post-Tribune, Gary, Ind. He also worked at the Beaumont Enterprise and Port Arthur News, both in Texas. Has a BA in journalism and a degree in computer programming from Indiana University. Joined Modern Healthcare in July 2005.

Nia Williams
Content Management Specialist
Twitter: @MHnwilliams

Digital content management for Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. Former marketing coordinator and freelance writer with experience in corporate communications, email marketing and social media management. Masterís degree in journalism, Boston Unversity College of Communication; bachelorís degree in anthropology, Yale University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

Joseph Conn
Twitter: @MHJConn

Reports on information technology, quality/patient safety and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Covers healthcare business news in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Background includes 24 years of reporting and editing with various news publications, teaching journalism at Valparaiso (Ind.) University and working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. BA, English, Valparaiso University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2001.

Paul Demko
Bureau Chief / Washington
Twitter: @MHpdemko

Covers insurance, HHS/CMS and healthcare business news in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Background includes reporting jobs at Politics in Minnesota, City Pages and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

Virgil Dickson
Reporter / Washington
Twitter: @MHvdickson

Covers regulatory agencies. Experience includes serving as the Washington-based correspondent for PRWeek and as an editor/reporter for FDA News. Earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2007. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

Melanie Evans
Bureau Chief / New York
Twitter: @MHmevans

Covers finance and governance news. Also covers healthcare business news in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Background includes healthcare and not-for-profits reporter at the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune. B.A., International Relations, Boston University; B.A., Journalism, University of Minnesota. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2004.

Bob Herman
Twitter: @MHbherman

Covers breaking healthcare news. Previously was a general assignment reporter after three years at Beckerís Hospital Review and covered hospital finance. He has a bachelor's degree from Butler University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2014.

Steven Ross Johnson
Twitter: @MHSjohnson

Covers public health issues and news. Background includes freelance reporting for the Chicago Tribune, Progress Illinois, the Chicago Reporter and the Times of Northwest Indiana and government affairs reporter for the Courier-News. BA in Communications, Columbia College, Chicago; Masterís degree in Journalism, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

Beth Kutscher
Reporter/Brentwood, Tenn.
Twitter: @MHbkutscher

Covers for-profit hospitals and chains and other for-profit provider organizations. Also covers general healthcare business news in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Background includes former content editor and healthcare reporter for the New York-based Mergermarket Group, former news and online editor for Pharmaceutical Executive and former deputy news editor and healthcare reporter for PRWeek. B.A. in English from Cornell University. Joined the staff of Modern Healthcare in 2012.

Rachel Landen
Twitter: @MHrlanden

Covers breaking healthcare news. Former accountant at Ernst & Young with experience in corporate, federal, state and local taxation. Master's degree in journalism, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University; master's degree in accounting, Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; bachelor's degree in communication, East Carolina University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

Jaimy Lee
Reporter/New York
Twitter: @MHjlee

Reports on medical technology, medical suppliers, group purchasing organizations and healthcare news in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Lee was a healthcare and public affairs reporter for PRWeek. She also previously was a healthcare and education reporter for the San Diego Business Journal. Lee has a bachelorís degree in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Sabriya Rice
Twitter: @MHSRice

Reports on quality of care and patient-safety issues as well as other breaking news items. Background includes writing and producing for the medical unit of the Cable News Network, contributing to the Empowered Patient column and writing segments for the weekly medical program formerly called Housecall with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Holds a BA in Film, & Television from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in Communication Studies from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2014.

Andis Robeznieks
Twitter: @MHARobeznieks

Reports on physician issues, healthcare construction/design and healthcare marketing. Covers healthcare business news in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Most recently he was the ethics and patient safety/quality reporter for AMNews, the weekly newspaper published by the American Medical Association. MS, Journalism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; BA, Journalism, Eastern Illinois University. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2005.

Julie Johnson
Copy Desk Chief
Twitter: @MHOutliers

Oversees copy desk and assists with production. Responsibilities include editing news stories and features. Background includes copy editor for Advertising Age, the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill., and the Daily Dispatch, Moline, Ill. BA, English, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2002.

Douglas Backstrom
Copy Editor
Twitter: @MHdbackstrom

Edits copy. Background includes: veteran copy editor, held copy editing positions at a number of daily newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Miami Herald and Chicago Sun-Times. Backstrom has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and completed the MBA program at the Lake Forest (Ill.) Graduate School of Management in Chicago. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2010.

Supriya Doshi
Social Community Editor
Twitter: @MHsdoshi

Responsible for building digital audience and promoting editorial content through social media. Background includes: copy editor, columnist and blogger for the RedEye, a publication owned by the Tribune Co. in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science in print journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2010.

Michael Sandler
Research Associate
Twitter: @MHmsandler

Oversees research, surveys, lists and data projects. Earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago in 2012 after earning a bachelorís degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Joined Modern Healthcare in 2013.

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