Press Release for Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Author/Journalist Laurie Garrett Discusses Global Public Health

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Laurie Garrett, America’s expert on global health and Pulitzer Prize winning author, will discuss “The Collapse of Global Public Health,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the University of North Florida’s University Center. This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council.

The public can order tickets for this free lecture, sponsored by The River Branch Foundation, online at Click on the 2006 Lectures link. World Affairs Council members can reserve complimentary tickets by calling (904) 280-8162.

Garrett, a science writer with Newsday, is the only writer ever to be awarded the Pulitzer, the Polk and the Peabody. In 1998, her report on “Crumbled Empire, Shattered Health” won her the George C. Polk Award for International Reporting. She also won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism on “Ebola” and the George Foster Peabody Award in Broadcasting for a documentary she co-produced with Adi Gevins in 1977.
She joined the Newsday staff, where she remains today, in the late ‘80s, after working several years as a science correspondent with National Public Radio and earlier in her career as a freelance reporter for the Associated Press, BBC-Radio, Reuters, Pacific News Service and others.

Garrett has authored two books, “The Coming Plague” and her most recent one “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health,” in addition to contributing chapters to several other books. She has appeared frequently on national television programs such as “ABC Nightline,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Dateline.”

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the community in global issues.