ormer CNN Medical Correspondent Andrew Holtz is an independent journalist covering health and medicine from Portland, Oregon. His work appears on the PBS television program HealthWeek, The Learning Channel’s Medical Detectives, InTouch magazine, and websites including WebMD.com and Reuters Health Information.
Holtz is President of the Association of Health Care Journalists, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.
Andrew Holtz was a 1998 Kaiser Media Fellow. The Kaiser Family Foundation grant supported research into tobacco control campaigns, in conjunction with Masters of Public Health studies at Portland State University and the Oregon Health Sciences University.
Prior to returning home to Portland, Andrew Holtz worked out of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to reporting daily medical news and features, he co-anchored the Your Health program. He reported and anchored special programs on topics including the societal and ethical implications of genetic research, research into the body’s internal clock, Alzheimer’s disease, and how the collapse of communism affected public health in Eastern Europe. He received a national Emmy award for his part in CNN’s coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, where his reports included the early hours of emergency treatment and the early days of a pioneering effort to document the total community health impact of the explosion.
Andrew Holtz began his CNN career in Portland, Oregon; covering the eruptions of Mt. St. Helens just as the network was launched in 1980. In 1983 he moved to CNN’s Los Angeles bureau. While there, his stories included the Voyager space probe fly-bys of the outer planets, the first documentation of the Antarctic ozone hole, and the Mexico City earthquake.
Before joining CNN, Andrew Holtz was a reporter and lead anchor at KENI-TV (now KTUU) in Anchorage, Alaska.
During 1986 and 1987, Andrew Holtz and his wife spent 10 months circling the globe, including several months in eastern and southern Africa.
Andrew Holtz received his BA from Stanford University. He majored in broadcast communication and was News Director of the campus radio station, KZSU-FM. He minored in physics and his studies ranged from the philosophical problems of quantum mechanics to aerodynamics to the regulation of new telecommunications technology. He graduated Cum Laude from the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He attended the School Year Abroad program in Langenhagen, Germany.
Andrew Holtz is married and has two children. He is an avid bicyclist.