The flagship newspaper employs the most Gannett reporters with national news "beats," so any writer's departure resonates across the company -- especially if their jobs get eliminated. Now, just as healthcare reform is heating up again, medical industry reporter Julie Appleby is leaving after 10 years to be a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News service, National Journal says, citing Covering Health blog. The news service is funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation. USA Today spokesperson Alex Nicholson had no comment on possible changes in White House coverage, or in Gannett's Washington bureau, National Journal says. But USAT isn't advertising to replace Appleby, National Journal says.
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