Podcast: John Fauber – investigative health care reporter

FauberAnyone who follows health care news should pause for a moment and look at the body of work that John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has built – especially in just the past seven years. (Fauber’s work is also seen on MedPage Today in a partnership arrangement.) There is much that other health care journalists could learn from that work, and, more importantly, there is much that health care consumers and news consumers can learn from that work.

As Paul Raeburn wrote on the old MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker, “Fauber’s stories are always carefully told, thoroughly reported, and despite their controlled language, they are likely to leave you fighting mad.” Another time, Raeburn wrote that Fauber “apparently missed the memo on the death of print and the dwindling opportunities for investigative reporting. So he continues to go to work, chase documents, make calls, and produce remarkable stories that any one of us could have done–but didn’t.”

We talked with Fauber recently in order to bring you this more up-close and personal profile on our podcast.

Praise for Fauber’s work

2013:Council for the Advancement of Science Writing – Victor Cohn award for medical science reporting. Judges cited his “dogged, never-give-up” investigative work and his “willingness to pore over thousands of pages of documents, regulatory files and medical articles, many obtained by open-records requests, in pursuit of his stories.”

CASW noted that Fauber had earlier been honored with:

“the 2012 Loeb Prize for beat reporting, the 2010 National Headliner Award for medical/health/science writing, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 2003 for his work on chronic wasting disease. His other honors include the Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award presented by the American Heart Association, an earlier Loeb Prize, and three national journalism fellowships.”

2014: National Headliner Award

2014: The Association for Medical Ethics honored Fauber as its First Award Recipient

Our contributor, Trudy Lieberman, wrote in 2014 on the Columbia Journalism Review website, “Those who say watchdog journalism is dead and gone are just plain wrong. And there’s no better way to refute that notion than to explore the body of work Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Fauber has created.”

Thanks to The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation for providing us with a grant to produce these podcasts.

Credit: podcast editor Cristeta Boarini

Music used in this episode:

  • “Smooth Operator” by Sade
  • “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” by Verna Felton
  • “One Last ‘Woo-hoo’ for the Pullman” by Sufjan Stevens

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Marc Beishon

February 23, 2016 at 5:22 am

Thanks for this. Am just writing something myself on conflicts of interest.