Jackie Judd

Headshot of Jackie Judd wearing a blue jacket, black shirt and strand of pearls.

What inspired you to volunteer your time and talents with the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s?

I’ve long been passionate about health care; how all of us can access it, afford it and benefit from medical breakthroughs. The IEA’s essential work on Alzheimers touches on all of those issues so it was an easy “yes” when asked to become involved.

Jackie Judd’s career in journalism and health care communications has focused on communicating complex and critical issues to national audiences. She is currently a communications consultant working with nonprofit groups in the fields of health care and human rights.

Ms. Judd’s journalism career was national in scope as a correspondent or anchor for ABC News, NPR and the PBS NewsHour. Throughout this career, her work encompassed health care and social policy, politics, Congress, the Supreme Court and major international events related to democracy movements.

After transitioning from journalism to health policy, Ms. Judd spent a decade at the Kaiser Family Foundation where her portfolio included training journalists in countries with emerging AIDS epidemics, developing webcasts on a range of policy issues and providing multi-media support to Kaiser Health News. She is a frequent participant at national health care events, serving as a moderator and interviewing national leaders.

Ms. Judd is the recipient of many awards, including two national Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, where she previously served as chair, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Josiah Macy Foundation. She has been an advisor to other nonprofit health care organizations.

Ms. Judd and her husband recently moved to Madison from Washington, DC, and are delighted with their new community.

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