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Katherine Hatton joins HNW board
May 1, 2023

Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Katherine Hatton as a member of its board.

Katherine retired in 2022 after 17 years as general counsel of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the country’s largest private foundation focused on improving health and health equity. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as general counsel of Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com.

“I’ve watched and admired Healthy NewsWorks for many years,” Katherine said. “As someone who has worked in the fields of both media and health equity, I know students benefit from being able to gather and assess information about health, a topic of utmost importance to them, their families, and their communities. I hope that learning how to ask questions and write about health with clarity and accuracy will empower students to work to ensure that they, and all members of their communities, have fair and just opportunities to thrive.”   

In 2016, Katherine was named General Counsel of the Year for New Jersey nonprofits and government organizations and was inducted into the Bowling Green State University Academy of Distinguished Alumni. She also has received leadership awards from the New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A board member of the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, Katherine long has been active in nonprofit organizations. She is a former chair of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a former director of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia, a former member of the advisory board of DirectWomen, and has served in leadership positions and as a member of the boards of numerous other national and regional nonprofit organizations.

She earned her law degree at Case Western Reserve University and a master of studies in law degree at Yale Law School.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katherine to our board,” said Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks. “She brings a broad range of experience that is directly relevant to our mission, and her voice and leadership will be a tremendous benefit to our student reporters and our program.”

Learn more about the Healthy NewsWorks Board here.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.