Laurie Garrett Joins GHFN Advisory Board

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Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author will provide advice and counsel to global health newsgathering teams worldwide.

Global Health Frontline News (GHFN), an independent non-profit video reporting unit, today announced the appointment of the distinguished journalist Laurie Garrett to its Advisory Board.

Laurie Garrett is currently the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: The Peabody, The Polk and The Pulitzer. Garrett is also the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Her most recent book is I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. During her time as Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Garrett has written several major reports and articles including ‘The Challenge of Global Health’ (Foreign Affairs, January/February 2007) and The Future of Foreign Assistance Amid Global Economic and Financial Crisis, A Council on Foreign Relations Action Plan (2009). Garrett is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and served as the organization’s President during the mid-1990s. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Noguchi Prize, François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Group, and is a Principal Member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). Garrett also chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the United Nations High Level Commission on HIV Prevention in collaboration with UNAIDS. She is an expert on global health with a particular focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, bioterrorism, public health and its effects on foreign policy and national security.

GHFN's Executive Editor, Gary Strieker, said Garrett's appointment adds another eminent figure to the panel of respected leaders in global health and journalism which provides insight and candid counseling on the full range of GHFN's activities – from ethical issues to the focus of its reporting assignments. "Laurie brings a wide array of talent, wisdom and experience to our Advisory Board," he said. "She is a courageous and outspoken expert on global health policy, and we will expect her to point us in the right direction to find fresh and compelling stories on the cutting edge of our mission."

The other members of the Advisory Board are: Stephen J. Cassidy, Chief, Internet, Broadcast & Image Section, Division of Communications, UNICEF; Shereen El Feki, Vice-Chair, Global Commission on HIV and the Law; Prof. Sir Richard Feachem, Former Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Director Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences; Dr. Sue Goldie, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute; Neil Henry, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Donald Hopkins, Vice-President, Health Programs, The Carter Center; Joanne Silberner, former NPR Health Policy Correspondent, Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington; and Jeffrey Sturchio, former President, Global Health Council, Senior Partner, Rabin Martin.

With a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN covers stories about health issues that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, polio, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, maternal and child health, and food security.

Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN follows strict journalistic standards and produces high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.

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