KQED Radio Staff
Health Reporter, The California Report
Sarah Varney covers health policy and public health across California for KQED's statewide news program The California Report. She has reported extensively on the implementation of the federal health law and the effect of the state's budget woes on public programs, county governments and vulnerable populations including children and the elderly. She began reporting for KQED in 2002 and has covered a range of subjects and stories: from the ethics, politics and science of stem cell research to the religious and legal challenges over gay marriage to a story that debunked "toxin-sucking" foot pads.
Sarah reports regularly for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Her work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Northern California Radio and Television News Director Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In 2003, Sarah earned a commission from the Third Coast Audio Festival to produce an experimental soundscape presented in Chicago.
Before joining KQED, Sarah was a senior consultant at a San Francisco-based strategy consulting firm, and prior to that led the business development team at a startup market research firm. Sarah grew up in rural New Hampshire and earned her B.A. in political science from Brown University.
Email Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories (297 archives)
As defenders and supporters of the federal health law prepare for their big day before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 7 million Californians without health insurance have a particular stake in the proceedings. In Madera County, a largely conservative and agricultural region, one out of every three people lacks coverage. And while many there say they want the Supreme Court to throw the federal health law out, some are struggling to reconcile their political views with their personal needs.
Los Angeles County's public hospital system is one of the most beleaguered in the the nation. Many would-be reformers have come and gone over the years, but the latest one just may have the magic touch.
A state law meant to thwart counterfeit prescription drugs is finally set to go into effect 16 years after it first passed. The electronic tracking system will make business harder for those who sell fake drugs.
More Californians die from overdosing on prescription drugs than from illegal drugs. To root out pill-shopping patients and unscrupulous doctors, dozens of states including California track prescriptions for powerful narcotics like Vicodin and OxyContin. But California's program faces a threat of its own: the state's budget crisis.
As of January 1, Californians who went to Walgreens to get their prescriptions filled may have been in for a surprise. Because of a contract dispute between the nation's largest drugstore chain and the company that manages prescriptions for Anthem Blue Cross, many customers will have to find a new pharmacy.