Jeanne Pinder is founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, a journalism startup that is bringing transparency to the healthcare marketplace by telling people what things cost.
ClearHealthCosts has partnered with big media organizations and others to report on and crowdsource health prices, with funding from angel investors and grants from the New York State Health Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York, the Lenfest Institute, and others.
Partners include CBS National News, WNYC and Gothamist.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 6ABC Action News television in Philadelphia, NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live in New Orleans, WLRN public radio in Miami, WUSF public radio in Tampa-St. Petersburg, KQED public radio in San Francisco, KPCC public radio in Los Angeles, and MedPage Today.
Pinder worked at The New York Times as an editor, reporter, and human resources executive for nearly 25 years. She took a buyout in 2009, and a year later won a shark-tank type pitch contest at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to found ClearHealthCosts. A native of Iowa, she started her journalism career at 13 as a cub reporter at her family’s newspaper, the Grinnell Herald-Register. She also worked at the Associated Press and The Des Moines Register.
Her recent TED talk about health costs went viral, surpassing 2 million views.