NPR Correspondent Rob Stein to Speak at Voices from the Vanguard

Rob Stein

Join us on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 pm at the UGA Chapel for the first Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture of the semester.  A reception will follow at Demosthenian Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard is co-sponsored by CTEGD and Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism.

Rob Stein is NPR’s health correspondent and senior editor and has been reporting on global infectious diseases since the early day of the AIDS pandemic. Stein will discuss his journey during his talk, “From AIDS to Zika: The View from the NPR Science Desk” on Tuesday.

“I started off in journalism as a general news reporter and fell into science journalism by accident in a lot of ways,” Stein said. “I kind of fell in love with it and stuck with it, and it’s led me to all these different stories over the years.”

Drawn to stories that illustrate the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy, Stein covers genetics, stem cells, cancer research, women’s health issues and other science, medical, and health policy news.

Stein was with the Washington Post for 16 years before joining NPR. He served as the newspaper’s first science editor and then as a national health reporter. He has also been a science reporter for the United Press International (UPI) in Boston and the science editor for the international wire in Washington.

Upcoming lectures:

March 21 – Deborah L. Birx M.D. International AIDS researcher and former Ambassador-at-Large, U.S. Department of State, who will talk about global efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

April 11 – Richard W. Steketee M.D., MPH, Director, Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) Program, PATH, who will speak about moving to malaria elimination in parts of Africa.