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About Us

The California Health Report at healthycal.org is an independent, non-profit journalism project covering health and health policy throughout the state. Our goal is to connect the community, the Capitol and the places in between with high-quality journalism. We focus on reporting from places that don’t tend to make the front pages of the newspaper or the nightly newscast, regularly producing in-depth stories about health care, health disparities, children’s health and justice and violence. Our blog, Up Close, covers developments in policy and research on these important and ever-evolving issues.

Like our website? Then subscribe to our quarterly magazine and check in regularly for new episodes of California Health Report TV. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up to date on our latest features and stories. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Meet the Editors

Veteran California journalist Daniel Weintraub is editor in chief and project director of the California Health Report. A native Californian, he grew up in San Diego and graduated with a degree in economics from San Diego State University. Daniel covered the state Capitol and California for more than 20 years for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times. He has reported on the careers of four governors and closely followed the state’s fiscal condition plus health, education, energy and many other issues. He appears frequently as an expert on public and commercial radio and on television. He is the author of “Party of One,” a book about the career of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Daniel is a big believer in the Internet as a transforming force in journalism. He was the author of the first blog by a print journalist in California when he created the California Insider at the Sacramento Bee in 2003. He was also the host of the Conversation, a weekly feature on the Bee’s Sunday opinion pages that encouraged interaction and engagement on the major issues of the day. Contact Daniel at daniel.weintraub@gmail.com.

Heather Tirado Gilligan is a health reporter and senior editor at the California Health Report. She assigns and edits stories about health disparities, violence and justice, children’s health and access to health care for the website. She also edits the quarterly California Health Report magazine, develops special issue topics, edits original features and re-shapes the best of our stories from the website for the magazine. Her primary reporting interests are health disparities and the intersection of violence and health. She has written about these subjects extensively for CHR and for outlets including Slate, The Nation and the Sacramento Bee. Heather has won several fellowships to support her reporting, including the UC-Berkeley 11th Hour Food and Farming Fellowship and the John Jay/Tow Foundation Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellowship, as well as a scholarship from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She holds an M.J. from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A native of the Bronx, Heather lives in Oakland. She can be reached at heather.tirado.gilligan@gmail.com  and you can find her on Twitter, too.

Hannah Guzik is assignment editor at the California Health Report, where she works on enterprise stories on health care reform. Also a freelance journalist, her work focuses on health and the environment. She is passionate about finding untold stories and pursuing investigative projects. She received a 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship through USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and a 2014 Mental Health Fellowship through the Maynard Institute to write about health challenges faced by farmworkers. Via the Associated Press, her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee and other newspapers nationwide. She previously worked as a reporter at daily newspapers in California and Oregon. In 2011, she won five Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards, including one for best enterprise reporting for a series on a catastrophic wildfire. Hannah holds a B.A. in biology and English from Westmont University. A California native, she lives in Ventura. Contact her at hannahguzik@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter to see her latest work.

Callie Shanafelt is the producer of California Health Report TV. For eight years she produced the award-winning Voices of Diversity radio program on KBCS 91.3 FM in Seattle. In 2009 she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her passion for visual storytelling in the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism documentary program. Her first documentary, The Fountain, is about her quest to understand her father’s childhood and grandparents’ death at the 1950’s cult The Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Fountain of the World. The Fountain has screened in film festivals around the globe. While sharing The Fountain with the world Callie continues to enjoy multimedia storytelling through audio, video and text. Her radio reporting has been heard on the Crosscurrents radio program on KALW 91.7 FM and One World Report on KBCS 91.3 FM. Her videos have aired on BTV, SCANTV and UCTV and are available online on her Vimeo page.

The California Health Report is a fiscally-sponsored project of Tides Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the nation’s largest fiscal sponsor.