Kelly Kennedy

Hi all. My name is Kelly.

I cover healthcare for Cracked & Golden, but in a “let’s fix this mess” way:

          let’s fix ourselves

          let’s fix our communities

          let’s take care of each other

I’ll show you how to use the system we have—especially when times are uncertain. But I’ll also write about how to improve healthcare, including mental health. What can you, I, our organizations and our families do to make our communities healthier?

That may mean a piece about how to organize pay-as-you-go yoga classes. Or, it may be an explainer about the health issues we’ll be voting on across the nation.

I’m also big into trying new things—ballet, boxing, beer—and I love to write about them.

I’ve been a journalist for a while—covering everything from health policy for USA TODAY to family issues for The Oregonian to culture for Army Times. I wrote a best-selling book, “They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq,” about a unit I embedded with in Afghanistan. And I co-wrote a book, “Fight Like a Girl,” with Kate Germano.

And I’m a veteran—I served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 1991, and I served in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 with the U.S. Army.

 (Did I mention how much I love ballet?)

I’m here because I believe news and politics should be actionable. I believe that, rather than feeling overwhelmed by headlines, we can start small—with ourselves, with our families, with our communities—and change the world.

Send me a note—I love notes.

You can find out more about me at my website.

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