Michelle Faust

Health Care Reporter

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Michelle Faust is a health care reporter at KPCC with a focus on health policy.

Faust’s first foray into health policy reporting was for WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York. In 2014, she was one of few public media reporters covering New York State’s first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

Since she began in broadcast journalism, Faust has hosted Morning Edition for KAWC in Yuma, Arizona, reported for the public health news collaborative Side Effects Public Media, and covered education policy for StateImpact Ohio at Ideastream in Cleveland.

Faust is a multimedia journalist who has written for print, web, radio, and television. Her reporting has been on NPR national newscasts, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, NPR’s flagship news magazines Morning Edition and Here & Now. Faust’s stories have been recognized by the New York State Associated Press Association and won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for innovation and breaking news.

Dedicated to developing the profession, Faust is lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, volunteers with other local journalism organizations, and has mentored for the Next Generation Radio public radio journalist training project.

A lover of languages, Faust was a full-time Spanish professor in a previous career.

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Stories by Michelle Faust

Can mindfulness improve the lives of cancer survivors?

Jessica Shelton says mindfulness helps her cope with anxiety and depression. She's been in remission for 5 years. Shelton was part of an on-going study at UCLA examining the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation in the lives of breast cancer survivors.

California may be the next state to ban short-term health plans

California may be the next state to ban short-term health plans. The state Senate just passed a bill that would ban the coverage on a 26-9 vote. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the legislation, California will join New York state in blocking the Trump administration’s move to extend the short-term plans to up to 3 years.

How to cope with bad air in fire season

The Cranston Fire in Riverside County pushed more than 3,000 people out of their homes. But the fire danger extends past the evacuation zones. The smoke is deleterious to the health of people in the surrounding areas.

Trump administration confirms California lawmakers were right about single payer

Seema Verma eliminated any doubts that the Trump administration might allow California to move forward with plans for a single payer health care system. The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spoke to the Commonwealth Club of California on Wednesday.

It's so hot, it's time to move your workout inside

Triple digit heat and unhealthy outdoor air aren't the best conditions for jogging or other outdoor exercises. Especially children, seniors, and people with certain health conditions should stay indoors, but that doesn't mean they have to stay inactive.

How to talk to your kids when a violent event hits close to home

A shooting at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in Silver Lake forced dozens of families to flee or hide in place. The experience raised the question: How do you talk to kids about violence in their community? Los Angeles experts have tips.

How California's doctor assisted suicide law works

Doctor assisted suicide has been legal in California for just over two years. It was overturned by a Riverside judge in May. As the law is hashed out in appeals courts, we take a look at how it's worked over the past two years.

Is there a better way to treat seriously ill Californians?

A new report shows about half of seriously ill Californians have access to palliative care. The number is an improvement over 4 years ago, but some doctors say the state could still do a better job of caring for these patients.

More than 1,000 become new citizens in Pasadena ceremony

Some of the newest U.S. citizens took the oath of allegiance Wednesday in Pasadena. 

'Pain is my constant companion': An LA woman shares her story

KPCC follows one Angeleno through a week of chronic pain to see what it's like to experience near constant pain. Check back each day this week for updates.

KPCC special: How your culture impacts the user of painkillers

LA County has lower rates of opioid use and abuse than much of the US.

Why isn't the opioid epidemic hitting LA as hard as the rest of the country?

L.A. County's opioid OD rate is much lower than the overall U.S. rate. The county’s leader in substance abuse prevention says racial and ethnic diversity could be a factor.

LA sues opioid drug makers and sellers, joining hundreds of others

City Attorney Mike Feuer says manufacturers misled patients and prescribers about the risks of opioids, and that the distributors neglected to report suspicious drug orders.

Kids with disabilities face a tough transition to adult care

Growing up, Lauren Messer had a large team to help her deal with her rare neurological disease. Now that she's 21, her mom is scrambling to assemble a new team.

An ambitious attempt to make medical research not so white

The National Institutes of Health wants 1 million Americans from diverse communities to share their biological and medical histories for an "historic" research project.