Senior Health Reporter, National Public Radio
Jackie Fortiér is the Senior Health Reporter for National Public Radio member station KPCC and LAist.com. In a reporting partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, Jackie covers health in Southern California for local and national audiences. She’s won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards while in California. The first was for excellence in writing in 2021 for her coverage of ICU nurses in L.A. hospitals and the hard news category in 2022 for a piece that changed California state law to include in-home caregivers of people with disabilities in the health worker vaccine mandate. Jackie came to KPCC from StateImpact Oklahoma, where she won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of the Johnson & Johnson opioid trial for national audiences.
As part of a reporting partnership with the New York Times, Jackie uncovered nursing home abuses of people of color during the coronavirus pandemic in L.A. The story was part of an entry that won the 2020 Philip Meyer Award given by NICAR and IRE.
She was a 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fellow of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Jackie is a former young professional fellow of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a lifetime member of Kappa Tau Alpha, awarded for her thesis on disability and technology in news reporting. While in Colorado at member station KUNC she was also part of a team recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in breaking news reporting. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.