Helen Branswell

Senior writer, infectious diseases and global health

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Helen Branswell

STAT

Senior writer, infectious diseases and global health

Helen Branswell is a senior writer at STAT covering infectious diseases and global heath; she joined STAT at its founding in 2015. Helen was introduced to epidemic reporting during Toronto’s SARS outbreak in 2003; in the years since she has written about bird flu, the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, Ebola, Zika, AFM, measles, and now leads STAT’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Helen spent the summer of 2004 embedded at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a CDC Knight Fellow. In 2010-11 she was a Nieman Global Health Fellow at Harvard, where she focused on polio eradication. She won the 2020 George Polk Award for Public Service for her Covid-19 coverage.