Laurie Garrett

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Laurie Garrett
Laurie Garrett at Poptech shot by Kris Krug.jpg
Laurie Garrett at the 2008 Poptech conference.
Born Los Angeles, California
Occupation science journalist, author

Laurie Garrett (born in Los Angeles, California) is a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist and writer of two bestselling books. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1996 for a series of works published in Newsday, chronicling the Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire.[1]

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Garrett graduated from San Marino High School in 1969. She then graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at University of California, Berkeley and did research at Stanford University with Leonard Herzenberg. During her PhD studies, Garrett started reporting on science news for radio station KPFA. The hobby soon became far more interesting than graduate school and she took a leave of absence to explore journalism. Garrett never completed her PhD. At KPFA Garrett worked in management, in news, and in radio documentary production. A documentary series she co-produced with Adi Gevins won the 1977 Peabody Award in Broadcasting, and other KPFA production efforts by Garrett won the Edwin Howard Armstrong award. She won a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 1997 for "Crumbled Empire, Shattered Health" in Newsday, "a series of 25 articles on the public health crisis in the former Soviet Union".[2] She won another Polk award in 2000 for her book Betrayal of Trust, "a meticulously researched account of health catastrophes occurring in different places simultaneously and amounting to a disaster of global proportions".[3]

In 2004 Garrett joined the Council on Foreign Relations as the Senior Fellow of the Global Health Program. She has worked on a broad variety of issues including SARS, avian flu, tuberculosis, malaria, shipping container clinics, and the intersection of HIV/AIDS and national security.


Laurie Garrett is the author of the following books:


  1. ^ "1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Explanatory Journalism". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ The George Polk Awards (1997). "1997 George Polk Award Winners at a Glance". The George Polk Awards. Long Island University. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  3. ^ "LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2000 GEORGE POLK AWARDS" (Press release). Long Island University. 1 February 2001. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 

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