Ellen Ficklen is a senior editor at Health Affairs, where she is the editor of Narrative Matters, the journal’s first-person essay section. She is a co-editor of Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Previously Ellen held a number of editorial positions and has written widely, including articles for the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Weekend, the Baltimore Sun, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Saveur, and Preservation. She also has produced editorial projects for the National Geographic Society, American Rivers, and National Public Radio. Ellen was the author of a “My Turn” column in Newsweek and a finalist for a National Magazine Award. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress published her book Watermelon (after which she morphed into a respected international watermelon expert), and for more than 25 years she has been an occasional contributor to the food section of the Washington Post. Ellen has an M.A. in writing (nonfiction) from Johns Hopkins University.