Steve Jacob, publisher of the Arlington and Northeast Tarrant editions, volunteered to write about healthcare for the editorial pages in 2005 and quickly realized he was in over his head. He subsequently surrendered three years of his personal life to earn a masterís degree in health policy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He primarily focuses on Texas healthcare policy, and has won awards for his work from the Texas Public Health Association and the Texas Medical Association.

E-mail: sbj@star-telegram.com