I’m an author, former corporate public relations executive and, once again, I’m proud to say, a journalist. I was a reporter in my home state of Tennessee back in the ’70s, covering local and state politics–including the Tennessee statehouse–for The Memphis Press-Scimitar. Then I was lucky enough to be able to cover Congress, the White House and Supreme Court for Scripps-Howard newspapers. After a few years in DC I was enticed into PR and spent more than two decades in the health insurance industry, first at Humana and then at Cigna. I was serving as head of corporate communications for Cigna when I left after a crisis of conscience in 2008.
Since then I’ve written three books: Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans (a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize in 2011); Obamacare: What’s In It for Me/What Everyone Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act (an ebook); and Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It (published by Bloomsbury USA in March 2016). I’ve also written numerous commentaries and analysis pieces for a broad range of media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Nation, and the Center for Public Integrity.
In July 2016, I launched a new nonprofit, To Be Fair, Inc., which will publish news and commentaries on money in politics, propaganda, health care and other topics. Watch this space!
You can find more information about me here.