Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR, specializing in the politics of health care. She is also a contributing editor for National Journal's CongressDaily. In 2005, she was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill and its aftermath.
Rovner has appeared on television on The NewsHour, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and NOW with Bill Moyers. Her articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Modern Maturity, and The Saturday Evening Post.
A noted expert on health policy issues, Rovner is the author of a critically-praised reference book, Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Its third edition was published by CQ Press in September, 2008. Rovner is also co-author of the book Managed Care Strategies 1997, and has contributed to several other books, including two chapters in 1995's Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, edited by political scientists Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.
Previously, Rovner covered health and human services for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, specializing in health care financing, abortion, welfare, and disability issues. Later, she covered health reform for the Medical News Network, an interactive daily television news service for physicians, and provided analysis and commentary on the health reform debates in Congress for NPR. She has been a regular contributor to the British medical journal The Lancet, and her columns on patients' rights for the magazine Business and Health won her a share of the 1999 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.
Born and raised in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, Rovner graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a degree in Political Science. She currently resides in North Bethesda, Maryland.