The Lund Report brings our healthcare system into focus by going beneath the surface. Our goal is to educate you -- the consumer -- about this complex system, giving you the facts, analysis and action tools to make a difference.
We’re a news source, not a blog. We value and invite your comments and story suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for coming aboard!
Who We Are
Our News Reporters and Freelancers
Miles Bryan is a freelance audio and print journalist. His work has appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Northwest News Network, Reed Magazine, and KBOO. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christen McCurdy is a freelance journalist and technical writer whose work has appeared in The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, Street Roots, Oregon Business Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and Nerve. Previously, she was an editor and reporter for The Argus Observer in Ontario, and The Daily Barometer at Oregon State University, both of which received general excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists during her tenure. She has also worked in direct care for adults with physical and developmental disabilities, and has volunteered with Outside In and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette. Her professional portfolio can be viewed here, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
Jeff McDonald is a freelance writer and full-time reporter for the Woodburn Independent newspaper, but his passion for health-care related issues comes from a lifelong fascination with medicine and illness. Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then began a life split between teaching and writing. He taught English for two years in Osaka, Japan, then worked as a business reporter for five years in Bend and fled the economic recession to teach again for three years in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He brings a global perspective to writing, has written articles for special sections in The Bulletin, Cascade Business News and Cascades East magazine in Bend, and looks forward to more articles appearing in The Lund Report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Scharer is a freelance writer/editor and writing workshop facilitator with a background in public policy. Joanne has written policy studies and articles on public health, education, economic development, and sustainability. Her clients have included the NC Center for Public Policy Research, the NC Department of Commerce, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Government, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Oregon Health Forum, among others. She earned master’s degrees in public administration and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joanne moved to Oregon from North Carolina by way of various countries in the Middle East and Central America in 2006. She can be reached at email@example.com.Courtney Sherwood is a Portland-based freelance writer and editor who specializes in financial analysis and use of digital journalism tools. She contributes to a number of magazines, newspapers and websites, and is a fill-in onlne editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting radio. Previously business and features editor of The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., she's also worked as a staff reporter at The Columbian, the Portland Business Journal and other Pacific Northwest publications. In 2009, she was accepted and received a scholarship to attend the selective Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists at the University of Pennsylvania. Her reporting has been cited by Investigative Reporters and Editors and Propublica, and she has won Society for Professional Journalists awards for investigative work, coverage of business and writing on health care. Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Support Us We encourage you to support our work. Your contributions help us bring you the most provocative news about the healthcare industry. With your donations, we are able to pay us talented news reporters and freelance journalists and for ongoing web support. To keep our expenses down, Diane Lund-Muzikant, our executive editor, does not accept a salary or other compensation. Please consider making a contribution using our on-line form here.The Lund Report has been approved by the IRS as a non-profit 501-C-3 organization. You can either send a check to THE LUND REPORT, PO Box 82841, Portland OR 97282 or use your credit card by clicking the Support Us link. We’ll be more than happy to send you a formal receipt for income-tax purposes. The federal tax ID number associated with this organization is 26-3019179.
How We Came Into BeingThe idea for The Lund Report grew out of discussions with people who became frustrated about the lack of critical and in-depth coverage of our healthcare system. The results of a survey conducted in 2009, when we began publishing, indicated the strong need for such an endeavor. Over 700 Oregonians participated, with an overwhelming majority (77 percent) showing strong support. A cross-section of the community gave us their opinions – health industry professionals, public health leaders, state legislators, educators, lobbyists, scientists, attorneys, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and consumer advocates.People shared their concerns about our broken healthcare system. Their answers come as no surprise. The profit margins of the healthcare industry need to be curtailed, costs have become unaffordable, lobbyists exert too much influence on our elected officials and there needs to be more emphasis on chemical dependency and mental health services. People also wanted to know how other geographical regions are dealing with healthcare reform such as California, Washington, Canada and European countries.Based on these survey results, we plunged ahead full speed. From time to time we intend to conduct other surveys, asking for your opinion on how we’re doing and soliciting new ideas. Your voice matters. We’re here for you.Contact us by sending an email to email@example.com.