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Dana Miller Ervin Joins WFAE As The Holly And Paul Freestone Health Care Reporting Fellow


WFAE welcomes Dana Miller Ervin as the recipient of the Holly and Paul Freestone Health Care Reporting Fellowship, which will examine American health care. 

During her one-year fellowship, Ervin will investigate criticisms that U.S. medical care is more expensive than other wealthy countries, but Americans are frequently a lot sicker. Is that true? If so, why? She will also compare the differences between our insurance markets to those with so-called universal coverage and will explore whether a European system is possible – or even desirable – in the United States. The fellowship will conclude with a series about the future of U.S. medicine.

“We’re excited to have a journalist with Dana’s deep investigative experience join us to tackle this extremely complex topic,” said Ju-Don Marshall, WFAE’s chief content officer and executive vice president. “Her work will be an asset to our listeners and readers leading up to the presidential election -- as Dana explores the health care platforms of the candidates -- and beyond -- as this country continues to reimagine what kind of health care system is necessary to address the needs of residents.”

Ervin is an award-winning journalist who has worked at “60 Minutes,” CNBC, “CBS This Morning” and “Nightline.” She has three Emmy Awards for investigative reporting and research, as well as a Peabody Award and an Alfred I. DuPont Award. Most recently, Ervin has served as a senior, nonpartisan investigator for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, digging deep into big government programs.

The fellowship is funded with a donation by Holly and Paul Freestone. Paul joined WFAE’s Board of Directors for a three-year term in January.

For information about providing additional financial support towards this fellowship or other projects, contact Robert Koch, WFAE’s director of development, at rkoch@wfae.org or 704-926-9305.