Karen Garloch  

Karen Garloch has been the medical writer at The Charlotte Observer since 1987. She was on a team of reporters and editors who were finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for the series "Prognosis: Profits" which looked at how the state’s major nonprofit hospitals generate large profits and contribute to the high cost of health care. She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 2001 series, "Vernon's Goodbye," about a Charlotte-area man with advanced cancer who chose to end his life with at-home hospice care. A native of Indiana, Garloch graduated from Ball State University and previously worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer and daily newspapers in Middletown, O., Muncie, Ind., and Louisville, Ky.