Laurie Garrett has received the Pulitzer Prize, Peabody, George C. Polk (twice), and four Overseas Press Club Awards for her work as a journalist and author. Books by Garrett include the bestsellers The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Garrett grew up in Los Angeles, graduated with honors from the University of California in Santa Cruz, and was named Alum of the Year in 1995, and one of the Forty Greatest Alums in 2010. She did graduate work in immunology, research at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and was a postgraduate Fellow in the Harvard School of Public Health. She began her journalism career at KPFA radio in Berkeley, followed by freelancing work in sub–Saharan Africa. In the 1980s she was a science correspondent for National Public Radio, and during the 1990s she worked both as a science and foreign reporter for Newsday in New York.
Since 2004 Garrett has been Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, and is an avid urban cyclist.
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