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Stephen Langel


Expertise: Health care policy, health inequities, social determinants of health, health inequity, gun violence as a public health crisis, international health policy regarding infectious disease threats in Ukraine, connections between environmental issues and health, government and labor unions

Education: Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, communication studies, Black studies
University of Florida, Juris Doctor - environmental law and policy

Favorite spot in Northeast Ohio: Van Aken District


Stephen Langel is a health reporter and producer at Ideastream Public Media, focusing on health coverage across 22 counties in Northeast Ohio. He previously served as bureau chief of the Columbus Jewish News; senior editor of the health policy academic journal, Health Affairs; staff reporter for Congress Now, a daily Congressional wire service for the Roll Call Capitol Hill paper; editor of FDANews, a trade press publication covering medical device policy and politics; and associate editor of Superfund Report, a trade press publication covering policy and politics regarding national Superfund and Brownfield contaminated waste sites.


  • Press Club of Cleveland, Ohio Excellence in Journalism awards, breaking news and community/local coverage
  • Board member, Society of Professional Journalists Cleveland Chapter
  • SPJ Cleveland Mentorship Committee Chair & Porter Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Provided 24/7 Capitol Hill coverage of development of, negotiations over and passage of Affordable Care Act
  • Covered President Barack Obama's first inauguration

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