Kevin Short leads PHR’s media strategy to bring the organization’s research and campaigns to global audiences. He also spearheads the editorial review and production of PHR’s reports and investigations. Short is PHR’s focal point for the news media and he partners with reporters around the world to spotlight human rights issues and PHR’s work. He designs and executes PHR’s media and communications strategies on subjects such as attacks on health care, crowd-control weapons, asylum, torture, COVID-19, sexual violence in conflict zones, and other human rights and global health crises.
Prior to PHR, Short worked for Global Health Strategies, a communications and advocacy consultancy. He focused on global health and universal health coverage on behalf of clients including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He spearheaded the media program for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, hosted by WHO and UNICEF in Kazakhstan and worked in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and gender equality communications for the Population Council. Short was also an associate editor at the Huffington Post.
While an undergraduate, Short was awarded the Circumnavigators Foundation fellowship to conduct research in Brazil, India, Jordan, New Zealand, Tanzania, and Ukraine on how civil society groups use digital technologies to foster civic engagement and combat government corruption. During his academic and professional career, Short has worked in 19 countries across five continents.
Originally from southern California, Short holds a BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.