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About the KHI News Service

By | August 27, 2014

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.


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The KHI News Service is an editorially independent program of the Kansas Health Institute. It functions 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 They are available free to the public and for use by media outlets.

Register online to receive email updates from KHI News Service.

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.

• Dave Ranney, senior reporter

Ranney developed a statewide reputation for reporting 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.

• Andy Marso, reporter

Marso previously covered state government for the Topeka Capital-Journal, where he received several honors for his reporting. His previous work stops include The Olathe News, the St. Cloud Times and the Washington Post. View Marso’s work.

• Susie Fagan, assistant managing editor

Fagan coordinates news and social media content and assists with fundraising efforts for KHI News Service. Before joining KHI, she was an editor for Sunflower Publishing, the Lawrence Journal-World and Meredith Corporation.

The Kansas Health Institute delivers credible information and research enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas.

Based in Topeka, the Kansas Health Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization focused on issues that impact the health of Kansans. The Kansas Health Institute was established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. Read more about KHI.