Jill Braden Balderas

Contributing Editor, Center for Health Journalism Digital

Jill Braden Balderas is a multimedia journalist focusing on medicine and health policy.  She has covered these issues on six continents and across all mediums, including in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, PRI’s “The World,” North Carolina Health News, Kaiser Health News and numerous international TV networks.  In 2011, Balderas was awarded a fellowship by the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University to cover malaria in Uganda.  As managing editor at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., Balderas oversaw several news and information publications focusing on domestic and global health policy issues from 2003 to 2011.

Prior to Kaiser, Balderas served as a correspondent and senior producer at Reuters Television.  She covered everything from cloning to the U.S. anthrax attacks and won a Unity Award for her television broadcast coverage of diabetes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Before joining Reuters, she freelanced for Health24News and various national and international radio stations covering the 2000 U.S. elections. During this time, she wrote a special series on health in then-war-torn Sudan as well as HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

Balderas was also a reporter and editor for National Journal’s The Hotline and Politics Daily publications and a political analyst for MSNBC.  Balderas has undergraduate degrees in Spanish and psychology from The University of Georgia and a master of public health in epidemiology from The George Washington University. 


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