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URI Christiane Amanpour Lecture: Science Journalist Ed Yong

2020 URI Christiane Amanpour Lecture: Science Journalist Ed Yong

Science journalist Ed Yong will deliver the 2020 Amanpour Lecture: ‘COVID-19: Science Reporting in a Global Pandemic’ virtually with audience participation on Oct. 29, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 210,000 people and has infected more than 7.5 million since the first known case was detected in the United States on Jan. 20. Worldwide, the virus has racked up a staggering number of casualties—more than 1 million deaths and 36 million infected. It has devastated the U.S. economy, left millions jobless, and has become a divisive political issue.

Science journalist Ed Yong has been covering the pandemic from the start for The Atlantic, writing more than a dozen stories on the troubled U.S. response to the crisis, the science behind the virus, and the efforts of public health experts to understand it. Even before the crisis, Yong was sounding the alarm about the potential for a worldwide pandemic, writing “The Next Plague is Coming. Is America Ready?” for The Atlantic in 2018.

Edmund Soon-Weng Yong is a Malaysian-born British Science journalist. His blog “Not Exactly Rocket Science” is part of the National Geographic Phenomena network.

Yong will discuss the exacting job of covering the global health crisis on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the University of Rhode Island’s annual Christiane Amanpour Lecture, presented by the Harrington School of Communication and Media. The free, virtual lecture begins at 5 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Harrington School’s social media platforms.

There is no charge to attend this virtual event.

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