Charles Ornstein
Senior Reporter, ProPublica

About Me

Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

In collaboration with Tracy Weber, Ornstein was a lead reporter on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times titled "The Troubles at King/Drew" hospital that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service in 2005. His ProPublica series, with Tracy Weber, "When Caregivers Harm: California's Unwatched Nurses" was a finalist for a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Ornstein reported for the Times starting in 2001, in the last five years largely in partnership with Weber. Earlier, Ornstein spent five years as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. He is a past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a former Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow.

At Medicine X 2015

Saturday, September 6 8:15 am (Plenary Hall)
Saturday Keynote: Harnessing Data to Better Involve Patients
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Ornstein, frequently lauded for his in-depth reporting on the American health care system, will deliver a keynote address on data as a force multiplier for patient... Read more
Saturday, September 6 8:30 am (Plenary Hall)
Keynote Discussion
Charles Ornstein will join a distinguished panel of thought leaders in this exploration of how data can be used as a powerful tool for increasing patient engagement. Read more
Saturday, September 6 10:50 am (Upper Lobby)
Coffee Break - Walk & Talk
Combining physical activity (walking) with intellectual activity (talking) is the broad purpose of this initiative. Held during our 30 minute coffee breaks, these 20 minute walk and talk sessions will... Read more
Saturday, September 6 2:20 pm (LK 306)
Masterclass on Hospital Quality
Ever since he covered the demise of a safety net hospital in Los Angeles County, ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein has been a vocal proponent of transparency about hospital quality. He has subsequently... Read more
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