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  • Sept. 27. Governor’s Highway Safety Association conference, Cincinnati. Speaking on how to reach teens with safe driving messages.
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Jayne O'Donnell

Healthcare Policy Reporter, USA TODAY

and Co-Founder of the
Urban Health Media Project

Jayne O’Donnell is the healthcare policy reporter for USA TODAY, an author, TV contributor and freelance writer.

At USA TODAY – where she’s worked for two decades - Jayne’s reporting focuses on healthcare policy. She has covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and related healthcare issues since September 2013, she also has covered subjects as varied as unsafe cosmetic surgery practices, the risks of crib bumpers and the promise of high-tech car safety features.

Jayne has had several stand-out healthcare stories, including an investigation of potential Medicare fraud in Brooklyn that included a database analysis of referrals among a group of chiropractors, occupational and physical therapists with some of the largest payouts in the fields. She also reported on Obamacare’s impact in Kentucky and Georgia and revealed federal efforts to conceal surgical mishaps from the public. The latter article lead regulators to agree to release the data.

In late 2014, Jayne was also awarded an Association of Health Care Journalists fellowship to study the experiences in states that did and didn’t expand Medicaid and that project continues through 2015.

Jayne has won many public service and journalism awards for her work alerting the public to auto safety hazards. They include Detroit Press Foundation first-place awards for her 2005 series on teen driving and, in 1997, for exposing the dangers air bags posed to children. Jayne’s reporting on air bags in the mid- to late-1990s is widely credited with prompting the government’s actions to make them safer, including the “smart" air bags and warning labels now in every new vehicle. In August 2005, the Governors Highway Safety Association made Jayne the first journalist to win its "Chairman's Award” for her "dedication to improving highway safety.”


Jayne was a longtime columnist for Woman’s Day and her freelance articles have also appeared in Good Housekeeping and Parents. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business and C-Span.

She has spoken at or moderated panels at dozens of conferences, including healthcare events hosted by the Business Roundtable, AARP and the Leapfrog Group. In March 2015, she moderated the last day of the World Health Care Congress. In April 2015, she was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the rural hospital group Hometown Health.


Her first book, Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and 20-somethings are Revolutionizing Retail was published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in September 2009.

A graduate of University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, Jayne did graduate work at George Washington University’s School of Business. She lives in McLean, Va. with her husband and their teenage daughter.