WNYC receives $1M grant for new health reporting unit

By Ben Mook

New York’s WNYC-FM has received a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a new reporting unit focused on health issues.

The unit will cover healthy living and wellness, the policy and economics of health care, and medical science and discovery. WNYC will use the grant to hire reporters, producers, editors and audience-development specialists.

Content created by the unit will be featured on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and the station’s local editions of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The reporting will also be featured nationally on WNYC and Public Radio International’s The Takeaway and on American Public Media’s Marketplace.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a foundation focused on health care, started by the late Robert Wood Johnson, chair of the board of Johnson & Johnson.

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership and legacy in improving the health and healthcare of all Americans is inspiring, and we are excited to have their support as we undertake our own ambitious health initiative,” said New York Public Radio CEO Laura Walker in a statement. “Health and health care affect every American at the most intimate level.”

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