Liz Szabo

Liz Szabo

Senior correspondent Liz Szabo focuses on the quality of patient care and has covered medicine for two decades. Her stories about cancer and overtreatment for KHN have won numerous awards, including first place in the National Headliner Awards. She also was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb and National Institute for Health Care Management awards. Before coming to KHN, Szabo covered medicine for USA Today for nearly 13 years. Her coverage of mental health and the link between poor health and substandard housing helped her earn the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2016. Her investigation of dangerous doctors, written while working at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2002, won two National Press Club awards and led Virginia lawmakers to toughen state laws for disciplining physicians.

An illustration about the mental health effects on youth who experience gun violence.

Pandemic stress, gangs and utter fear fueled a rise in teen shootings

By: - March 11, 2023

Diego never imagined he’d carry a gun. Not as a child, when shots were fired outside his Chicago-area home. Not at age 12, when one of his friends was gunned down. Diego’s mind changed at 14, when he and his friends were getting ready to walk to midnight Mass for the feast of Our Lady […]

A microscopic photograph of the monkeypox virus.

Fighting monkeypox, sexual health clinics are underfunded and ill-equipped

By: and - July 19, 2022

Clinics that treat sexually transmitted diseases — already struggling to contain an explosive increase in infections such as syphilis and gonorrhea — now find themselves on the front lines in the nation’s fight to control the rapidly growing monkeypox outbreak. After decades of underfunding and 2½ years into a pandemic that severely disrupted care, clinic […]