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Sonja Luecke, communications manger, The Children’s Inn at NIH
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Mysba Regis, marketing and communications director, The Children’s Inn at NIH
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BETHESDA, Md. (Feb. 1, 2020) – Brian Kelly, editorial director and executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, has been elected secretary of the board of directors of The Children’s Inn at NIH. The role of secretary previously had been held by author and journalist Cokie Roberts, who served on The Children’s Inn board for 27 years, until her death in September 2019.
“I’m humbled to succeed Cokie in this role,” said Kelly. “She was a great journalist who had a big heart when it came to The Children’s Inn. She wouldn’t let folks in Washington forget the important work that happens here.”
Kelly has led the transformation of U.S. News from a traditional print news magazine to a largely digital publishing company with a range of influential products, including the Best Colleges and Best Hospitals rankings, and the new Best Countries rankings. Under his leadership, usnews.com has gained an audience of more than 40 million monthly users. Kelly and his team also expanded U.S. News’ Money, Personal Finance, and Health content, and launched new Car and Travel products as well as two national conferences.
He is the chairman of the Healthcare of Tomorrow conference, as well as U.S. News STEM Solutions, a national forum that brings together corporations, educators and policymakers working to help the U.S. fill jobs by creating a more skilled and competitive workforce.
Kelly joined U.S. News in 1998 after serving as a senior editor at The Washington Post. He was editor and chief content officer at U.S. News for 12 years, starting in April 2007.
He is the author of “Adventures in Porkland,” a study of the congressional budget process. With Mark London, he co-authored “The Four Little Dragons,” an exploration of the developing economies of Asia, and “Amazon,” a look at the economic and cultural forces behind the clearing of the Amazon rainforest. They published a sequel, “The Last Forest,” in 2007.
Kelly has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, White House Chronicles and National Public Radio. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues related to media, national policy, politics and education. He is a vice president of the Economic Club of Washington and has been a board member of The Children’s Inn at NIH since 2015.
He and his wife, Pat Wingert, have three children and live in Washington, D.C.
Located on the NIH campus, The Children’s Inn is a nonprofit hospitality house that provides free lodging and supportive services to families of children with rare and serious illnesses whose best hope for a treatment or cure is a clinical trial at the NIH.
Every year, The Children’s Inn houses more than 1,500 children and their families from across the United States and the world to help reduce the burden of illness on families, make childhood possible despite illness, and advance medical breakthroughs at the NIH that benefit children today and generations to come. For more information about The Children’s Inn, visit childrensinn.org.