UNC School of Medicine co-sponsoring lecture by NY Times Health Reporter

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Pam Belluck, a Pulitzer Prize-winning health reporter from the New York Times will be on campus to deliver a lecture called "From Alzheimer's to Zika: Covering Health for the New York Times." The lecture is from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in Caroll Hall room 111.

UNC School of Medicine co-sponsoring lecture by NY Times Health Reporter click to enlarge Pam Belluck

The event is co-sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine and UNC School of Media and Journalism. Admission is free, but guests are asked to register here.

Pam Belluck is an award-winning writer with recent honors that include sharing a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Ebola.

She was selected to be a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, is a member of the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Knight Journalism Fellowship.

Belluck has taught and spoken about science journalism in various venues, including the Simons Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science convention, the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, and on a Times Journeys voyage to the Galapagos Islands. Her work has been chosen for The Best American Science Writing. 

At The New York Times, Belluck served for more than a decade as a national bureau chief; has investigated problems with food safety, public housing, and health care; reported from places as diverse as Colombia and South Korea; and written about such subjects as cattle rustling, embryo adoption, and the place with the longest name in America: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. She currently writes mostly about health and medical subjects, including issues related to the brain, mental health and reproductive health.

Her 2014 two-part series “Mother’s Mind,” showed, through months of sensitive, difficult reporting, that maternal mental illness is much more common and varied than previously thought, and that health providers often fail to detect trouble or ensure that women get help.

In 2015, in addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize, the Ebola coverage was recognized for an Overseas Press Club award and an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award.

Belluck is the author of Island Practice, a true tale about a colorful and contrarian doctor on Nantucket who has performed surgery with scalpels he carved from obsidian, made house calls to a hermit who lived in an underground house and a vine igloo, treated patients ranging from Secretary of State John Kerry to a sheep with a prolapsed uterus, and diagnosed everything from tularemia to toe-tourniquet syndrome. The book was optioned for a television series.

She is a co-author of the e-book Alzheimer’s: Unlocking the Secrets.

Belluck is also a jazz flutist and performs regularly in New York City with the jazz group Equilibrium.

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