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

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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.