Skip to main content.

California health

Picture of Sandy Kleffman

Nonprofit hospitals receive millions of dollars in tax breaks each year to care for the poor and uninsured. But do they do enough to justify their lucrative, tax-exempt status? Crunch the numbers to find out.

Picture of Brandy Tuzon Boyd

One of the most popular rides for bicyclists in Natomas could be one the region’s most dangerous.

Picture of Isabelle Walker

For two years, Bill Shea lived on the property of Christ the King Episcopal Church. As homeless camps go, it was average. He slept in a field, in a decent bag, and with the blessing of the church's rector. He was surviving — if nothing else.

Picture of Brandy Tuzon Boyd

Marc Laver’s daughter was nearly hit by a car on the way to school the second day of kindergarten in 2009.

Picture of Isabelle Walker

Curtis Jasper has come a long way since December, when he was living on the streets of Los Angeles, all but crippled by multiple ulcers on his legs. For eight years he tended his ulcers by himself on the streets, changing his dressings in bathrooms in public libraries and restaurants — any place he could find running water and soap.

Picture of Brandy Tuzon Boyd

Terri Tavita lets her 10-year-old son ride his bike 1 mile to and from school, but not without misgivings. Concerns about traffic safety top the list.

Picture of Isabelle Walker

On a morning in late August, 57-year-old Mary Manning was resting on her sister Jackie's porch. Midway through a rugged course of chemotherapy for breast cancer. Manning looked at her younger sister and said, “I think this poison is killing me.”

Picture of Sandy Kleffman

Some non-profit hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area receive millions of dollars in tax breaks each year to care for the poor and uninsured, yet they provide only a fraction of local charity care. Sandy Kleffman reports.

Picture of Isabelle Walker

Über prosperous Silicon Valley isn¹t a place one expects to find thousands of homeless people. But a 2006 count found over 7,600 men, women and children without a home in Santa Clara County.

Picture of Deborah Schoch

Deborah Schoch timed her two-part series, "Fault Lines," which looks at hospitals and seismic safety, to coincide with the Great California Shakeout, a day dedicated to earthquake preparedness. Here are her tips for reporting on earthquake safety at hospitals in your community.



The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


Follow Us



CHJ Icon