MODERN HEALTHCARE is starting the year with a bang. The editorial staff has reopened a news bureau in Dallas, hired two reporters and added a researcher. Here's a rundown on the changes:
Mary Chris Jaklevic has moved to Dallas from the Chicago headquarters, where she served as our medical affairs reporter since 1994. In Dallas, she will follow healthcare finance and cover spot news in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Jaklevic's new office is at 2626 Cole Ave., Suite 400, Dallas, Texas 75204. Her phone number is 214-665-9522; the fax is 214-665-9523.
MODERN HEALTHCARE operated a Dallas bureau from 1986 to 1996. The magazine also has two full-time reporters in its Los Angeles bureau, one reporter in New York and two reporters in Washington. The names and direct phone numbers of all our staff members are on the left-hand side of this page.
New additions are Chicago-based reporter Elizabeth Thompson and Los Angeles correspondent Laura Benko.
Thompson, who recently earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., will cover physicians, medical education and alternative medicine. Her state responsibilities include Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Thompson has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., and was on the editorial staff of Whole Earth magazine.
Benko will cover managed care and follow healthcare purchasers and payers. She'll report healthcare news in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Benko previously served as a section editor and medical reporter for Investor's Business Daily and has been a business reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Dawn Saphir, a former MODERN HEALTHCARE intern who graduates from Columbia College, Chicago, on Jan. 20, is our new researcher. She replaces Christopher Gray, who now oversees the magazine's World Wide Web site and other new media ventures.