McKenzie Beard

Washington, D.C.

Researcher focusing on health news and policy

Education: American University, BA in journalism

McKenzie Beard is a researcher for The Health 202, a morning newsletter and daily guide to Washington's health-care policy debate. She graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2021 and will receive her master's degree in journalism and public affairs from the same university in 2022. Beard has previously contributed to outlets such as Voice of America, Teen Vogue and D.C. Witness, where her work has focused on health, crime and identity coverage.
Latest from McKenzie Beard

Nearly one-third of ads supporting Warnock mentioned abortion

Democrats leveraged the issue to help them win a 51st Senate seat.

December 7, 2022

The covid vaccine mandate for military members might be the next one to fall

Republicans are pushing to end the requirement in a year-end defense bill.

December 6, 2022

The fight isn't necessarily over even when voters approve a ballot measure

Some GOP governors, state legislatures and private industries have sued, attempted to undermine or slow-walked new policies.

December 5, 2022

Medicaid maneuvering in the lame-duck

Lawmakers tangle over whether to remove incentives for states to keep people on Medicaid rolls.

December 2, 2022

How the likely new leaders of House Democrats have acted on health care

It's not a top issue for Jeffries, Clark or Aguilar.

November 30, 2022

The fight over medication abortion is just getting started

Antiabortion activists want FDA to rescind approval.

November 29, 2022

Three health stories you might have missed

Long covid treatments, abortion in Georgia and federal judges.

November 28, 2022

Covid is no longer mainly a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Here’s why.

The trend underscores the importance of regular booster shots.

November 23, 2022

Broader pandemic aid fight could ensnare long covid funding

Republicans don't want to send more money towards covid.

November 22, 2022