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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: The rise of racism against Asian Americans amid the coronavirus crisis

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A national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes — including a recent mass shooting in Atlanta — is prompting a national conversation. From physical assault to harassment to discrimination, Asian Americans have experienced a harrowing array of violence in the US, made more acute amid the coronavirus crisis. As part of The World's series of conversations with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a panel discussion addressing anti-Asian racism and the pandemic.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: The latest on coronavirus variants and rapid testing

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With several vaccines approved, health authorities around the world are racing to inoculate populations before new, potentially more dangerous variants of the coronavirus spread. What are the implications of the COVID-19 variants? As part of The World's regular series of conversations on the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Understanding and tracking 'long COVID'

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Doctors around the world are working to understand “long COVID” — a lingering range of symptoms that persists in some people after they have initially recovered from COVID-19 illness. As part of The World's regular series of conversations with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health about the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Andrew Chan who addressed long COVID.

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.

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