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An NPR Correspondent's Life Covering COVID-19
Speaker: NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca began covering the emergence of a new respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus in January 2020. Joe will sketch the arc of the pandemic from a journalist’s point of view. He will talk about how covering COVID was complicated by the Trump Administration’s uneven messaging, and the tension between science and politics that impacted coverage.
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.
Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, he left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine.
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