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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: A deepening coronavirus crisis in Brazil

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Brazil — Latin America’s largest country — is experiencing a deepening crisis with the coronavirus pandemic. As part of The World's regular series of conversations about the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Marcia Castro, chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Coronavirus vaccine acceptance and public attitudes

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There seems to be a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel with the approval of several vaccines and the widespread rollout of vaccination campaigns around the world. But questions about vaccine acceptance persists. As part of The World's regular series of conversations about the coronavirus, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard public opinion expert Gillian SteelFisher, who discussed public attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19

How poetry has helped a hospital chaplain in the pandemic

The pandemic has changed so much of our lives. It has robbed so many of loved ones, too quickly, and unexpectedly. It’s changed routines and rituals. For Mark Stobert, the lead chaplain at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge in the UK, poetry has been a way to navigate the challenges. Host Marco Werman speaks with him about his practice and what it means to be one year into the pandemic.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Grieving and mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic

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Despite vaccination campaigns underway, the end of the pandemic is still a way off and the death toll continues to weigh on the mental health of people around the world. How do you grieve amid the ongoing suffering? As part of The World's regular series of conversations with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with clinical psychologist Christy Denckla.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: A pandemic and schools disrupted

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced school systems around the world to piece together a patchwork of in-person, remote and hybrid learning programs. What’s the latest science on children and COVID-19? The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard education expert Meira Levinson, and epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch.

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