Speaker Biography
Kelly S. Kennedy
Health Policy Reporter
USA Today
Kelly Kennedy has worked as a health policy reporter at USA TODAY since 2010. She served in the United States Army from 1987 to 1993, including tours in the Middle East during Desert Storm, and in Mogadishu, Somalia. After earning her journalism degree at Colorado State University in 1997, she began her writing career as an education reporter for the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah, a criminal justice reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune, and a family and education reporter with the Oregonian in Portland. While earning a master's degree in journalism at the University of Colorado, Kennedy taught journalism classes at both her alma mater and the University of Northern Colorado. After completing her master's degree, she worked an internship at The Chicago Tribune before arriving in 2005 at Army Times as a medical reporter. In 2010, she received an Honorary Mention John B. Oakes award for her reporting on burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, she was named a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award for a series, "Blood Brothers," about a unit she embedded with in Iraq. She is also a 2008 Ochberg Fellow, sponsored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma; and a 2008 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Foundation Fellow. Her book, They Fought for Each Other, based on the "Blood Brothers" series she wrote for Military Times, came out March 2, 2010, and made the Wall Street Journal's best-selling list. She is past-president of Military Reporters & Editors. In her spare time, she dances ballet and completely loses her military bearing.