Joanne Kenen has covered everything from Haitian voodoo festivals to U.S. presidential campaigns. (Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.) Since arriving in Washington in 1994, she has focused on health policy, health politics and innovation in health care delivery.
She is currently the deputy health editor of POLITICO Pro and contributes to several other publications. She runs a health reform resource project for the Association of Health Care Journalists and contributes to its blog, “Covering Health.”
Kenen got the newspaper bug in 2nd Grade (the Teeny Town News), spent way too much time at the Harvard Crimson, and then found herself in Central America, where she worked for a small English language paper and won an Inter-American Press Association fellowship. She worked for Reuters in New York, Florida/Caribbean, and Washington. As a Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow in 2006-07, she wrote extensively about aging, chronic disease, hospice and palliative care. She spent three years writing and blogging about health policy at the nonpartisan New America Foundation.
Her work has appeared innumerous policy and consumer publications including the Atlantic, Kaiser Health News, Washingtonian Magazine, CQ, The Washington Post, Center for Public Integrity, Health Affairs, The Annals of Emergency Medicine, The AARP Magazine and Bulletin, National Journal, Slate, parenting and Miller-McCune. She co-authored two books that have absolutely nothing to do with health – The Costa Rica Reader, and a parenting book, The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight. One was adopted in college courses. The other one made money.
When she isn’t busy trying to figure out what Congress is up to (not at Congress always knows what Congress is up to), she can be found in Bethesda with her husband, Ken Cohen, and their two sons. When she needs a break from health policy, she writes about her kids, chocolate cake, or cross-dressing female pirates.