LEN BRUZZESE, an associate professor in Journalism Studies, is the executive director of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, which are hosted by the School of Journalism. AHCJ is a fast-growing independent organization of professional journalists dedicated to improving the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. He also serves on the executive committee of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.
Bruzzese, a founding staff member of USA Today, spent 20 years in daily journalism before joining the School of Journalism in 1998. He served as deputy director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting for seven years before helping base AHCJ at Missouri.
He is co-author of “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook,” (fourth edition), and has edited 15 reporter beat books focused on different reporting topics of use to daily journalists. He has won several newspaper and magazine editing awards and was named Outstanding Alumnus in Journalism by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Bruzzese’s pre-academic journalism career included writing, editing and management stints at USA Today, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), the Pensacola News Journal and Gannett News Service (Washington, D.C.). His final daily newspaper position was as editor of The Olympian in Olympia, Wash.
- Len Bruzzese, Steve Weinberg, Brant Houston. The Investigative Reporter's Handbook: A Guide to Documents, Databases and Techniques, New York: Bedford-St. Martin's Press, 2002.
- May 17, 2017: Helmsley Charitable Trust Endorses Work of Health Journalism Center with $1.3 Million Grant
- May 5, 2017: Missouri Students, Faculty Win Fellowships to Health Journalism Conference
- Jul 6, 2016: Kellogg Foundation Awards $432,000 Grant to Support Regional Health Fellowship Program
- Jun 13, 2016: National Cancer Institute Collaborates with School-based Organization on Reporting Fellowships
- May 16, 2016: $230,000 Grant to Support Health Information Technology Training for Journalists
- May 4, 2016: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $240,000 Grant to School-Based Center
- Apr 12, 2016: Journalism Students, Faculty Win Health Journalism 2016 Fellowships
- Nov 23, 2015: Journalists Share Experiences, Tips on How to Report on Disease
- Apr 23, 2015: $450,000 Grant to Support Health Journalism Training Efforts
- Mar 20, 2015: Health Journalism Fellowships Awarded to 9 Missouri Students and Professionals
- Jul 22, 2014: $200,000 Grant Strengthens Project-based Reporting Fellowship for Health Care Journalists
- Jan 26, 2011: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Awards $1.1 Million Grant to Support Health Journalists
- Dec 3, 2007: Missouri School of Journalism Shares Grant to Improve Missouri's Health Literacy
- May 31, 2007: Foundations Support Launch of Midwest Health Journalism Program
- Apr 19, 2007: Three Missouri Students Receive Health Journalism Fellowships
- Feb 27, 2006: Two Missouri Graduate Students Receive Health Journalism Fellowships
- Apr 26, 2005: Association of Health Care Journalists to Move Operations to School of Journalism