Veteran journalist Katherine Landergan joins the AJC as its Health and Safety Net reporter

Katherine Langerhan is the health and safety net reporter for the AJC

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Katherine Langerhan is the health and safety net reporter for the AJC

Katherine Landergan is joining The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the Health and Safety Net reporter.

Among the topics and institutions she will be responsible for writing about are child protective services, the foster care system, children with special needs, homelessness, and aging and senior issues.

She will also report on food assistance programs; mental health and disability programs; and poverty programs such as energy and housing assistance; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

“It’s so rare to have an opportunity to cover a beat as critical as this one, and it’s a responsibility I will take very seriously,” Landergan said. “I’m ready to listen and learn from my new colleagues, as well as from the people of Atlanta and surrounding communities.”

Before joining the AJC, Landergan worked in New Jersey for Politico over the past seven years, covering the state Legislature and administrations of former Gov. Chris Christie and current Gov. Phil Murphy.

Her beats included labor, business, politics and the state’s finances. During the pandemic, she led the team in her role as the New Jersey Bureau Chief.

Before that, she was a correspondent for The Boston Globe. She also wrote for The Brockton Enterprise and The Newburyport Daily News.

She can be reached at katherine.landergan@ajc.com after June 27.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the leading journalism organization in the Southeast, focuses its reporting staff on local matters and closely monitors state and local governments, the local economy, entertainment and sports.

Its journalists seek to uncover the truth, protect the public’s right to know and hold community leaders accountable for serving the public. Reporters, editors and photographers aggressively document the region’s moments, milestones and people. Every day, whether in print or on its digital and social platforms, the AJC informs and empowers its readers who value credible, in-depth journalism.

The newspaper traces its roots to 1868, the founding date of The Atlanta Constitution. The Atlanta Journal debuted in 1883. The papers have been under common ownership since 1950 and fully merged in 2001. The newspaper is owned by Cox Enterprises, a family-owned company that has been in Atlanta since 1939. While the newspaper is owned by a private company, its news decisions are made by the journalists in the AJC’s newsroom.