Health Care Writer
Karen Bouffard is the health care writer for The Detroit News, and a 2013 National Health Journalism fellow with the USC-Annenberg School of Journalism. Her fellowship project, “Surviving to age 18 in Detroit”, has become a continuing series focused on population health in Detroit. Bouffard examined national data to determine that Detroit’s death rate for children from birth through age 18 is higher than any city its size or larger in the U.S. Published in January, Bouffard’s project also examined causes of child deaths in Detroit—from high rates of teen pregnancy, to illiteracy, social isolation and poverty—and profiled initiatives underway to address the crisis. Bouffard worked as a stringer for Time magazine, and as a freelance writer for Michigan Medicine magazine and other publications, before joining the Detroit News in 2002. She has covered a variety of topics at The News from education to human services issues, and spent four years at the state Capitol covering politics. A Detroit native and graduate of Michigan State University, Bouffard lives in Williamston, Michigan, with her husband, Don, and has three grown sons.