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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Discusses Global Health for SNC

October 30, 2001

[ Laurie Garrett Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Laurie Garrett will address both the realities of our public health system and our preparedness to deal with a major epidemic, as part of Ohio Wesleyan's Sagan National Colloquium on Thursday, Nov. 1. Her lecture, entitled "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health," begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, Garrett, an award-winning science writer at Newsday, is the only writer ever to have been awarded The Peabody, The Polk, and The Pulitzer journalism prizes for her work.

Garrett graduated with honors in biology from the University of California in Santa Cruz, and attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at UC Berkeley. During her studies there, she started reporting on science news at KPFA, a local radio station, and discovered her excitement for journalistic work. In 1980, Garrett joined National Public Radio, working out of San Francisco, and later, Los Angeles bureaus as a science correspondent, and in 1988, she began working as a science writer at Newsday, where she remains today. Garrett has garnered numerous awards for her work.

Contributor to a variety of book chapters including "Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases," Garrett has also written for such publications as Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. She has appeared frequently on national television programs including ABC Nightline, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, The Charlie Rose Show, Dateline, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at OWU. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.