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Elana Gordon

Producer, Reporter

Elana Gordon covers global health at The World, where she has reported on everything from the expansion of overdose prevention sites in Canada to the World Health Organization’s move to recognize Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She also moderates a weekly Facebook live conversation about the new coronavirus each Tuesday at noon, as part of an ongoing partnership between The World and The Forum at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Elana’s stories have been featured on NPR, Kaiser Health News, The Washington Post, and the podcasts “99% Invisible” and “Criminal.” She is a founding member of WHYY’s health and science show, “The Pulse.”

She came to Boston in 2018 as a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. That same year, her ongoing coverage of drug use in Philadelphia received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

 

Recent Stories

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Where do we stand with testing and a vaccine for the coronavirus?

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Health authorities in Europe and around the world are bracing for new surges of the coronavirus. As fall temperatures drop and more of us stay inside longer, where do we stand on testing, diagnostics and a vaccine amid a growing sense of pandemic fatigue? As part of our regular series of conversations, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard University epidemiologist William Hanage.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: What's driving the latest coronavirus surges?

Many health officials around the world are working to contain second waves of the coronavirus. As part of our regular series on the pandemic with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, join us as we examine what's driving the latest wave of surges around the world. To find out more, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Yonatan Grad, from Harvard's department of immunology and infectious diseases.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Will people accept a COVID-19 vaccine?

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Some health experts say a vaccine for the coronavirus may be available in the next year. However, ready acceptance of such a vaccine remains unknown. As part of our series of conversations about the pandemic, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Howard Koh, a professor public health leadership at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Kennedy School.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Reopening schools and workplaces amid the coronavirus

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With fall underway, millions of students and teachers in the United States are adjusting to the new normal of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. For college students, living on campus has also brought new challenges. As part of our regular series of conversations on the pandemic, The World's global health reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with healthy buildings expert Joseph Allen.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: How the coronavirus affects already fragile communities

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What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on places of armed conflict or refugee settlements that are already fragile due to violence and deprivation? As part of our regular series of conversations on the pandemic, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Jocelyn Kelly, director of the program on gender, rights and resilience at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

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