The Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded Valley Public Radio's Kerry Klein first place honors in the group's annual awards competition for her reporting series Struggling For Care. The four-part radio project tells stories about the shortage of physicians in the San Joaquin Valley. The award comes in the category Health Policy Reporting (small outlets). Other 2018 award winners include The New York Times, The Washington Post and ProPublica.
The judges wrote:
"Much has been published about the doctor shortage in rural areas, but “Struggling for Care,” a four-part series produced by Valley Public Radio, truly elevates our understanding of the problem. Focusing on California’s agricultural San Joaquin Valley, the series takes a deep dive into history, new data, and resident’s stories, delivering a provocative analysis of causes and potential solutions. The package, which includes online discussions and postings, is smart, fresh, and moving."
The project was produced as part of the California Health Journalism Fellowship with the USC Annenberg Center For Health Journalism. Last month, Klein was honored with another journalism award by the RTNA of Southern California for her reporting project with Ezra David Romero about contaminated drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley.