Rachel Gotbaum

Rachel Gotbaum

Rachel Gotbaum is a radio journalist with two decades of experience. Her expertise is in health and science. She has won numerous national awards for her documentaries and features on end of life care, Alzheimers disease, AIDS, stem cell science, Primary Care doctors and the country's only successful merger of a public and private hospital.

She created the first web cast for The New England Journal of Medicine, where her interviews included President Jimmy Carter talking about efforts to eradicate guinea worm disease world-wide, to an Iraqi whose job was to count civilian casualties of the war, to an Atlanta doctor who aids in prison executions, to an recent American veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was blinded by a roadside bomb, but dreams of becoming a fireman. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, CBC, BBC, NPR, Kaiser Health News,The Atlantic and American Public Media.

One of her favorite stories she reported is about a clinic in downtown Boston that treats the feet of homeless people.

When she is not covering sex and death, she will jump at any chance to do a story about food. In 2002, she interviewed Julia Child in her Cambridge kitchen before she donated it to the Smithsonian.


Recent Stories


The Lowdown on Brown Fat

A type of body fat that burns calories sounds counter-intuitive, but that's what brown fat does. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the implications of this latest breakthrough is health reporter and special correspondent Rachel Gotbaum.

The Health Legacy of Ground Zero

The latest medical research indicates that seventy percent of rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero suffer serious respiratory illnesses as a result of their exposure to toxic air at the site. The researchers say many will suffer for the rest of thei

Toxic Car Interiors

Enter a car at your own risk  ? a study shows you are being exposed to significant levels of toxic chemicals.