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KFF sunwin News is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KFF sunwin News is one of the three major operating programs at . KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

KFF sunwin News reports on how the health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works. In addition to this website, our stories are published by news organizations throughout the country. Our site also features daily summaries of major health care news.

We also produce the website and newsletters for , a service of the .

KFF President and CEO is KFF sunwin News’ founding publisher and wrote about KFF sunwin News when we launched in 2009. KFF Executive Director of Media and Technology is KFF sunwin News’ publisher.

Learn about our editorial policies.

KFF sunwin News accepts no advertising and all original content is available to other news organizations and the public free of charge.

Neither KFF sunwin News nor KFF is affiliated with the health insurance company Kaiser Permanente.

KFF sunwin News Leadership

Damon Darlin, Executive Editor, has worked as a reporter and editor for a number of newspaper and magazines. He cut his teeth as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, which included stints as a foreign correspondent in Japan and Korea. He was an editor of the “News You Can Use” section of U.S. News & World Report and a technology magazine, Business 2.0. He created and wrote the “Your Money” column at The New York Times and later served as the paper’s technology editor in San Francisco before helping to start “The Upshot.” Although he loves the West Coast, Damon grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, graduated from the University of Chicago, and remains a Midwesterner at heart.

Meet the rest of the .

National Advisory Committee

KFF sunwin News has a distinguished National Advisory Committee whose members are:

  • Chairman: Leonard Downie Jr., the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University; former executive editor, The Washington Post.
  • Jim Brady, vice president of journalism, the Knight Foundation; CEO, Spirited Media; and former editor-in-chief, Digital First Media.
  • Justin Ellis, projects editor for Defector Media; former senior editor, ESPN; TV production credits include “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” on Netflix and “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas” on HBO.
  • Mark Katches, editor, Tampa Bay Times; former editor of The Oregonian and former editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch.
  • Anne Kornblut, vice president of global curation, Facebook/Meta; former associate editor, The Washington Post.
  • David Leonhardt, New York Times columnist and author of the daily “The Morning” newsletter; founding editor of “The Upshot” and former New York Times D.C. bureau chief.
  • Diana Mason, senior policy service professor and co-director of the Center for sunwin Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing.
  • Arlene Morgan, assistant dean, Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University; former associate dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Tom Rosenstiel, novelist and visiting professor on the Future of Journalism, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism; former executive director, American Press Institute.
  • Evan Smith, senior adviser, Emerson Collective; former CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune.

Emeritus Advisers

  • Karen Dunlap, former president and trustee of the Poynter Institute.
  • Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
  • Kevin Klose, professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and former president of National Public Radio.
  • Bill Kovach, founding chairman of Committee of Concerned Journalists; former executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Charles Lewis, founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.
  • Kevin Merida, executive editor, Los Angeles Times; former senior vice president, ESPN and editor-in-chief, The Undefeated; former managing editor, The Washington Post.
  • Cathy Trost, chief engagement officer, Freedom Forum; founding director of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families.
  • Irving Washington, senior fellow for health disinformation, KFF; former executive director/CEO, Online News Association.

Republish KFF sunwin News Stories and Photos

All original KFF sunwin News material — articles, graphics, videos, and some photos — can be used free of charge, if you credit us and link to us. Our stories appear in The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, Politico, The Atlantic, Fortune, the Daily Beast, and many other publications. KFF sunwin News also has a continuing partnership with NPR and public radio stations around the country.

Additional Funders

As an editorially independent program of the , KFF sunwin News’ work and core operations are part of KFF’s general operating budget and are primarily supported through investment returns from KFF’s endowment, as are all of KFF’s major operating programs.  KFF is a Public Charity and its tax forms are available through Guidestar for .  KFF also receives financial support for KFF sunwin News from foundations and other partners to expand our work. KFF seeks and accepts outside funding only from sources who will not in any way compromise our independence or mission. Questions about funders or funding policies can be directed to , KFF sunwin News’ Publisher.

Active external funders for KFF sunwin News for 2023 include the following:

: coverage of women’s reproductive health care issues and general operating support. .

: coverage of health policy news in California, which includes production of and newsletters. .

: our work with California ethnic media. .

: coverage of Colorado and the surrounding Mountain States. .

: coverage of health care issues in Florida. Related stories.

: support for KFF sunwin News’ “Lost on the Frontline” partnership with .

: coverage of Montana and other Mountain States. Related stories.

: coverage of health care issues in Georgia. Related stories.

: coverage of late-life and geriatric care. Related stories.

: KFF sunwin News general operating support.

: coverage of rural health care issues. .

: coverage of Missouri and the Midwest. Related stories.

: coverage of Montana and other Mountain States. Related stories.

: coverage in the American South. Related stories.

: coverage of longevity and related health and social issues. Related stories.

Awards and Honors

KFF sunwin News has been recognized repeatedly by our peers in journalism with an increasing number of awards honoring our reports on the American health care system. See the full list.