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StudioTulsa on Health: A Conversation with Longtime Health Care Journalist Gary Schwitzer

Aired on Monday, September 16th.

Not only is there more and more debate --- and more policy, and more politics, and more "red tape" --- about health care these days, there's also much more journalism. On this edition of SToH, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Gary Schwitzer, who's been active in the field of health care journalism for 40 years now. Schwitzer is publisher of the widely respected website HealthNewsReview.org (wherein his award-winning blog can be accessed); he also works as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and he previously taught health journalism and media ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He's also served as head of the medical news unit at CNN, and he's written about the state of health journalism in JAMA, BMJ, the American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, PLoS Medicine, Nieman Reports, Quill, Columbia Journalism Review, The Daily Beast, and other publications. (You can read a full "bio" for our guest here.) Schwitzer speaks with us about the state of medical reporting in America today --- including considerations of how the Web has changed this aspect of journalism (for better and for worse), and of why there's been such a dramatic rise in those useless (if not misleading or blatantly deceptive) "Health News You Can Use" stories.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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