- Policy & Research
- About KHI
Feb. 27, 2012
The KHI News Service provides thorough and objective coverage of issues, people and events that affect health policy in Kansas.
We launched the KHI News Service in 2006 and recruited highly respected Kansas journalists to staff it because of our belief that good journalism is critical to an informed citizenry, a robust public debate and ultimately good public policy.
The KHI News Service is an editorially independent program of the Kansas Health Institute. It operates separately from KHI’s research and policy operations, similar to the way traditional media outlets separate their newsrooms from advertising and circulation departments.
Read more from Robert F. St. Peter, M.D., president and CEO of KHI, about why the KHI News Service was created and how we believe it advances our mission of informing the policymaking process in Kansas.
KHI News Service articles are published daily online at KHI.org/NewsService. They are available free of charge to the public and for use by media outlets. In addition to daily coverage, the KHI News Service publishes a weekly, in-depth “centerpiece” story on Mondays.
The KHI News Service is staffed by award-winning career journalists:
• Jim McLean, executive editor
McLean oversees the KHI News Service. Before joining KHI, McLean was news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. McLean has received awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Kansas Association of Broadcasters. View McLean's work for the News Service and as part of KHI's partnership with Kansas Public Radio.
• Mike Shields, managing editor
Shields directs the day-to-day operations of the KHI News Service. Before joining KHI, he was city editor at the Lawrence Journal-World. He has covered Kansas government as a reporter for Harris News Service and other news organizations for almost three decades. View Shields' work.
• Dave Ranney, senior reporter
Ranney developed a statewide reputation for excellence while covering state government and social issues for the Harris News Service, the Wichita Eagle and, most recently, the Lawrence Journal-World. View Ranney's work.
• Phil Cauthon, reporter
Cauthon was an editor, reporter, photographer and online multimedia producer for the Lawrence Journal-World. He also has worked for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Houston Chronicle’s Washington, D.C., bureau. View Cauthon's work.
KHI is an independent, nonprofit health policy and research organization based in Topeka. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI conducts research and policy analysis on issues that affect the health of Kansans. Read more about KHI.