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Elana Gordon

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: Kids return to school amid the surging delta variant

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Children around the world are returning to class with schools opening up after a year of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the rapid spread of the more contagious delta variant and the coronavirus vaccines not available for much of the global school-aged population, children’s health risks have become even more pressing. The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion about the delta variant’s impact on children with Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: The mental health impacts of reopening society

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After more than a year of measures such as mask mandates and social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, communities around the world are adjusting to reopened workplaces and society. But ongoing concerns about the pandemic and challenges posed by variants have many people wary. The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Harvard Chan School of Public Health's Karestan Koenen, who explored mental health during this transition.

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