About

From the lab to your doctor’s office, from the broad political stage to the numbers on your scale, we’d like CommonHealth to be your go-to source for news about health, medicine and science.

Health care is the biggest sector in the Massachusetts economy. The state gets more NIH money per capita than anywhere else. For health care consumers, the stakes can be life and death.

We cut through the noise and use compelling, often intimate stories to tell you what you need to know about this most complex, daunting and critically important arena. We share the voices of patients, caregivers, researchers and policy makers to offer a broad landscape of opinion, classical reporting and personal experience.

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Our Staff:

Carey Goldberg, player/manager

Carey has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a health/science reporter at The Boston Globe. She’s currently co-hosting “The Magic Pill,” a WBUR exercise podcast in development, and appears frequently on air. She co-authored the 2010 triple memoir “Three Wishes.”

Rachel Zimmerman, reporter/editor

Rachel worked as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, in Seattle, New York and Boston covering health and medicine. She’s also written for The New York Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the alternative paper, Willamette Week, in Portland, Oregon. She’s co-author of "The Doula Guide To Birth" and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow in 2008.

Martha Bebinger, reporter/founder

Martha Bebinger covers health care and other topics at WBUR. She has won dozens of regional and national awards, including the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University. She has a BA in art and semiotics from Brown University and an MA in English from Boston University. She is the mother of three adventurous teenagers.

Richard Knox, senior correspondent

Richard Knox is an award-winning journalist who has reported on a broad range of topics in health, medicine and science. He has been a correspondent for NPR and a medical writer for The Boston Globe. In addition to WBUR, his work appears in Goats and Soda, NPR’s global health and development blog, and NPR’s Facebook page. He’s the author of a respected book on Germany’s health system, and has held year-long fellowships at Stanford and Harvard. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois and Columbia University.

CommonHealth also features health reporting by various WBUR reporters

How To Write For Us:

CommonHealth welcomes proposals to contribute pieces on medical topics, ranging from your experience as a patient to your heartfelt opinion as an expert. You may simply want to write an opinion piece on a current item in the news, or you may want to share a story written in the first person. We currently host “Narrating Medicine,” a regular venue for first-person pieces, and plan to launch “Narrating Science” in the fall of 2016.

Please send a summary of the article you propose to zimmerman08@gmail.com and goldberg.carey@gmail.com.