Michelle Faust

Health Care Reporter

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Michelle Faust is a health care reporter at KPCC with a focus on health policy.

Faust’s first foray into health policy reporting was for WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York. In 2014, she was one of few public media reporters covering New York State’s first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

Since she began in broadcast journalism, Faust has hosted Morning Edition for KAWC in Yuma, Arizona, reported for the public health news collaborative Side Effects Public Media, and covered education policy for StateImpact Ohio at Ideastream in Cleveland.

Faust is a multimedia journalist who has written for print, web, radio, and television. Her reporting has been on NPR national newscasts, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, NPR’s flagship news magazines Morning Edition and Here & Now. Faust’s stories have been recognized by the New York State Associated Press Association and won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for innovation and breaking news.

Dedicated to developing the profession, Faust is lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, volunteers with other local journalism organizations, and has mentored for the Next Generation Radio public radio journalist training project.

A lover of languages, Faust was a full-time Spanish professor in a previous career.

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Stories by Michelle Faust

Critically ill Medi-Cal patients just got an important new benefit

A recent California law requires that Medi-Cal patients have access to palliative care. Here's what you need to know.

5 bills California lawmakers are looking at ways to make health care cheaper

In lieu of pushing for an immediate transition to a government-run single-payer health care system, some are offering these bills as part of a more gradual approach.

How community clinics could help disaster victims

Currently, clinics can't get reimbursed by Medi-Cal for services provided at shelters or evacuation centers. Legislation in Sacramento would change that.

California is past peak flu — but you should still get vaccinated

The state's flu season peaked around New Year's, but it's still widespread. Public health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

A renewed push for single payer at Sacramento health care hearing

Some advocates pushed for moving to a "single-payer" system right away; others called for a more gradual approach.

6 legal hurdles to universal health care in California

There are several state and federal laws that could be obstacles to efforts to move to universal health care. Here's a quick list.

What are California's options to get universal health care?

This week a special State Assembly committee hears for the first time specific proposals on how to move California to universal health care. There are several possible paths. Here are the primary models.

What we’re learning about CTE and how it might impact youth sports participation

Kimberly Archie, a Los Angeles parent has filed a lawsuit against youth football league Pop Warner, claiming that his son’s participation in the youth sports program lead to damage to his brain.

Moms sue youth football for kids' brain injuries

The doctor who discovered CTE says just one game could cause "permanent brain damage." But a doctor with Pop Warner says, "CTE has never been found in someone who just played youth football."

300,000 protest Trump at Women's March in Los Angeles

Marches in L.A., San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento are among some 200 planned around the world this weekend in opposition to Trump policies and to protest sexual assault and harassment.

Your guide to the SoCal Women's Marches

Community groups are preparing for the second year of the Women's March. We've got a list of rallies kicking off Saturday and the roads that will be closed.

4 things you need to know about flu medication

As the deaths toll from this year’s flu rises and pharmacies are taxed, here are a flu things you may want to know about the medication.

Candidates for California's next governor battle to separate themselves

It got heated — and personal — when the six major candidates met on stage at USC to discuss the issues facing California.

3 things to listen for at the gubernatorial town hall Saturday

It will be the first time the candidates have faced each other in public to answer questions.

The flu is back — with a vengeance

This flu season has been worse than usual, and the influx of sickies is testing the capacity of clinics and hospitals.