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The Team

Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO

Pinder worked for The New York Times for 23 years before founding ClearHealthCosts. At The Times, she was an editor, reporter and human resources executive before volunteering for a buyout in late 2009.
Before The Times, she worked at The Des Moines (Ia.) Register, The Grinnell (Ia.) Herald-Register and The Associated Press. She majored in Russian and did graduate work in Slavic studies, spending almost two years in the former Soviet Union, a place as opaque as the health-care marketplace.

She created clearhealthcosts.com with funding from a group of angels, and with three grants: one from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism;  one from the Ford Foundation via the  International Women’s Media Foundation, in the Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier program; and one from the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program via J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism.

In 2014, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a Prototype Fund grant to a partnership of clearhealthcosts, KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles to crowdsource health care prices in a project the three partners call PriceCheck.

In 2015, clearhealthcosts launched a similar partnership with WHYY public radio in Philadelphia, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a similar partnership with MedPage Today, a source of news, opinion and continuing medical education for 670,000 providers worldwide.

In July 2015, Pinder and Jan Schaffer (see below) were named to be co-researchers on a study of crowdsourcing for journalists at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University in New York, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Jan Schaffer, business development

A dynamic media executive and academic, Schaffer specializes in media entrepreneurship, emerging media trends, civic engagement, and hands-on coaching. She is the founder and executive director of J-Lab, a catalyst and incubator for news entrepreneurs and innovators. J-Lab has funded more than 100 news startups and pilot projects since 2004. A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, she left daily journalism to lead pioneering initiatives in civic journalism, interactive and participatory journalism. She previously directed the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, which funded more than 120 newsroom experiments to better engage people in public life. She teaches media entrepreneurship in American University’s masters program and has researched numerous reports on the emerging media landscape.

 

Tina Kelley, business development

A broad-ranging and thoughtful writer, editor and intrapreneur, Kelley helped lead the NYT’s foray into hyperlocal journalism, and is the author of three books.

 

Alex Filatov, tech lead

An accomplished full-stack developer, Alex is the creator of CXRATE, the top-ranked currency exchange app in Ukraine. An experienced software engineer he excels in web development, high load architecture and user experience.

Further thanks to our awesome tech partners and colleagues at Revsquare and Allied Strategy: Jeff Mignon, Guillaume Pousseo, Elisa Riteau, Chris Lojniewski, Nancy Wang and Damian White from Revsquare, and also John Skinner, Cameron Colby Thomson, Jeff Runyan and Grant Horejsi from Allied Strategy.

 

Julia Reischel, special editorial consultant

Julia Reischel is an investigative reporter and freelance writer based in the Catskills region of upstate New York, where she runs a local newspaper company. Her award-winning stories have appeared in magazines, alternative newsweeklies and legal newspapers around the country.

 

Sherry Mazzocchi, reporter

Sherry Mazzocchi is a freelance journalist based in New York. In addition to her work at ClearHealthCosts, she works on multi-media projects for the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College. She has also worked at The New York Daily News, CBS Local, DNAInfo and The Manhattan Times. She is a recent graduate of The City University Graduate School of Journalism.

 

Theresa Fisher, reporter

Theresa Fisher is a New York-based freelance journalist. Besides healthcare, she writes about behavior, social policy and language. She also dabbles in copywriting. In addition to ClearHealthCosts, her work has appeared on Salon.com, The Atlantic.com, and The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. She’s a 2013 graduate of the City University Graduate School of Journalism.

 

Joel Jennings, data wrangler

Joel’s home is at the Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY, where he helps out at the Research Center and with the school’s professional and continuing ed. program. He has also recently helped administer a public lecture series on ‘big data’, which he believes author- and custodianship responsibilities for should be widely shared.

 

Jake Bialer, journalist/analyst

Jake Bialer is a data journalist/analyst based in New York City. He is currently hard at work on some entrepreneurial media projects and is consulting on the side. He previously worked as the Innovations Editor at the Huffington Post.

 

News partners

We have recently been fortunate to join hands with partners: our PriceCheck prototype partnership placed our interactive widget on the web sites of public media partners, including KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California public radio in Los Angeles, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (When we won that grant with our partners, it was called “Uncovering Cost, Examining Impact.”)

Here’s some of the reporting by us and about us in the California prototype, on a group Tumblr. Don’t miss the pieces in the Harvard Business Review, the JAMA Internal Medicine piece and the positive editor’s note, and the other coverage by the three of us partners, and about us.

We have launched a new partnership with WHYY public radio in Philadelphia, joining hands with WHYY journalists to crowdsource and report on health care prices in the Delaware Valley. Here’s the project page for the WHYY partnership.

We are also partnering with MedPage Today, which provides news, information and continuing medical education to 670,000 medical professionals.

 

Special thanks

Our angels

We love our angel investors. Thank you.

Our advisory board members

We love these people. Thank you!

Our grant organizations

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The International Women’s Media Foundation and the Ford Foundation — Liza Gross, Nadine Hoffman, Elisa Munoz and others

The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — Jeff Jarvis, Jeremy Caplan and others

J-Lab, a journalism catalyst at the School of Communication at American University, and the McCormick Foundation — Jan Schaffer, Jill Clarke and others

All the jury and selection committee members who voted for us in these grant processes.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Steve Shepard, Sarah Bartlett, Jeff Jarvis, Jeremy Caplan, Judy Watson, Amy Dunkin et al

The CUNY J-School Entrepreneurials of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the incubator crew — especially Jenni Avins, Drani Datta and Alan Grow

Legal

Hunter Farrell, Farrell Counsel
Bill Richter, Richter Law Offices
Joe Richotte, Jennifer Dukarski et al, Butzel Long
Neil Jacobs, Neil Jacobs Law
The Online Media Legal Network at Harvard’s Berkman Center — Jeff Hermes, Andy Sellars et al

Organizations

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • The Association of Health Care Journalists
  • The Online News Association
  • Hacks/Hackers
  • The Society for Participatory Medicine
  • Health 2.0
  • The Li.st (XX in Tech)
  • The Techlady Mafia
  • HealthFoo (Friends Of O’Reilly)
  • TedMed Great Challenges