Laurie Garrett is one of the country’s most highly-regarded science writers and analysts. She is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she has worked since 2004. Her expertise includes global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism.
In addition to dozens of articles she is the author of three books:
* The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, published in 1994;
* Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health published in 2000;
* And, I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks, published in 2011.
Laurie graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, attended graduate school at UC Berkeley and did laboratory research at Stanford. Journalism has always been a first love and among her many awards are the Peabody (for television work), the Polk (for international reporting) , and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in
Explanatory Journalism for what the committee called “her courageous reporting” from Zaire on the Ebola virus outbreak there.
She has reported from around the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and has worked for KPFA, BBC Radio, NPR and Newsday, among others.
Laurie was very helpful to NPF in setting up our Journalist-to-Journalist project, in which developing world journalists are given fellowships to learn about devastating diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and lung health, and tobacco use. She was interviewed about her career for NPF’s Master Class series by president emeritus Bob Meyers.