Contributing editor, Center for Health Journalism. Independent journalist, author, editor and communications consultant who helps people (including other writers) to tell their stories. My articles on health and medicine have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and dozens of magazines, including National Geographic, Psychology Today, O: The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Prevention and Redbook. My most recent book, Changing the Way We Die, was an Amazon best seller and a winner of an Independent Book Publishers Award. Written with my friend and longtime colleague Sheila Himmel, the book examines the evolution of hospice from a movement for compassionate end-of-life care to a profitable and troubled industry. Before venturing out as a freelancer, I worked for years as a newspaper reporter and editor and was part of a Pultizer Prize-winning team at the San Jose Mercury News.