Support to NPR Increases Airtime for Health Care Reporting

Health and health care reporting by National Public Radio: 1986-1999

From 1986 to 1999, National Public Radio (NPR) increased its coverage of health policy and health care issues.

NPR is a publicly funded radio network that produces and distributes programming to 672 affiliated stations nationwide. Its flagship radio newsmagazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, reach audiences of 10.9 and 9.8 million listeners, respectively.

Key Results

  • Over the course of these grants:

    • NPR added four full-time health reporters to its roster.
    • The amount of airtime devoted annually to health care and health policy increased from 2 hours in 1986 to at least 20 hours in 1999.
    • NPR's Science Desk correspondents (including those covering health topics) won more than 60 awards for their reporting.