UW News

April 24, 2008

Journalists to discuss global health reporting on May 1

Public attention to the health of the world’s population has skyrocketed over the past decade as have efforts to cover global health stories such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, hunger, and emerging threats of avian flu, SARS and extremely drug resistant tuberculosis.

Ever wonder what challenges reporters face in covering the vast topic of global health?

To get an insider’s view, attend Reporting Across Divides: Bringing Global Health Home, a Seattle Town Hall Meeting discussion with two national journalists on how they cover complex global health issues.

The conversation takes place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1, in the Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. Brenda Wilson, correspondent and editor on the Science Desk at National Public Radio, and Donald G. McNeil, Jr. science writer for The New York Times, cover global health and are faced with the challenges of bringing a wide variety of stories to their U.S. and international audiences.

They will share their experiences in the field and discuss ways in which complex global health issues are covered on radio, television, print and web media.

The discussion will be moderated by Dave Ross, radio talk show host, 710 KIRO-AM.

This event is presented by the Washington Global Health Alliance with Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Infectious Disease Research Institute, PATH, UW Department of Global Health, UW Department of Communication, UW Center for Global Studies, and Washington State University.

For more information, contact Daren Wade at dwade@u.washington.edu.