Category: Public Health

‘Contagion’ echoes the reality of public health outbreaks

Anyone who sees the Hollywood thriller “Contagion” may be a little on edge. In the film an unknown pathogen moves from Hong Kong to Chicago before globetrotting in a ruthless killing spree. The medical community struggles to contain it and find a cure as the world panics, falling into chaos. Could an epidemic like “Contagion”

Superfund site moving forward, but slowly

Reporter’s Note Several weeks ago I wrote a story (here) about Illinois’s Village of DePue and its efforts to clean up its land and nearby lake.  Last week I was given the opportunity to actually travel out to DePue, photograph the area, and speak to some of the major parties involved in the Superfund site

Blood, bones, organs, bodies: Scott Carney discusses “The Red Market”

Award-winning journalist Scott Carney spoke at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies last night about his new book The Red Market: On The Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers. Sitting at the head of a long conference table and surrounded by a double layer of empty

Jonathan Katz accepts 2011 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism

AP reporter Jonathan Katz was honored Thursday evening with the 2011 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his heroic efforts in communicating news of the 2010 Haiti earthquake to the rest of the world. After an introduction by Medill’s Dean Levine and a short speech, Katz sat down with Medill’s Marcel Pacatte to talk