Laurie Garrett

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Laurie Garrett
Laurie Garrett at Poptech shot by Kris Krug.jpg
Garrett at the 2008 Poptech conference.
Born1951 (age 67–68)
Alma materUC Santa Cruz (B.A. 1975)
Occupationscience journalist, author

Laurie Garrett (born 1951) is an American science journalist and author. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1996 for a series of works published in Newsday, chronicling the Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire.[1]


Laurie Garrett was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1951.[2] She graduated from San Marino High School in 1969.[3] She then graduated with honors from Merrill College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received a B.A. in biology in 1975.[3][4] She attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at University of California, Berkeley and did research at Stanford University with Leonard Herzenberg.

During her PhD studies, Garrett started reporting on science news for radio station KPFA. The hobby soon became far more interesting than graduate school and she took a leave of absence to explore journalism. Garrett never completed her PhD. At KPFA Garrett worked in management, in news, and in radio documentary production. A documentary series she co-produced with Adi Gevins won the 1977 Peabody Award in Broadcasting, and other KPFA production efforts by Garrett won the Edwin Howard Armstrong award.

Garrett won a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 1997 for "Crumbled Empire, Shattered Health" in Newsday, "a series of 25 articles on the public health crisis in the former Soviet Union".[5] She won another Polk award in 2000 for her book Betrayal of Trust, "a meticulously researched account of health catastrophes occurring in different places simultaneously and amounting to a disaster of global proportions".[6]

In 2004 Garrett joined the Council on Foreign Relations as the Senior Fellow of the Global Health Program. She has worked on a broad variety of issues including SARS, avian flu, tuberculosis, malaria, shipping container clinics, and the intersection of HIV/AIDS and national security.

Published works[edit]

Laurie Garrett is the author of the following books:

  • Garrett, Laurie (1995). The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-025091-3.
    This book discusses the vulnerability of the world to disease due to the lack of attention and funding given to health.
  • Garrett, Laurie (2001). Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-8440-1.
  • Garrett, Laurie (2011). I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. Kindle e-book.

She is also author of the following articles:

  • Garrett, Laurie (2015). Ebola's Lessons, How the WHO Mishandled the Crisis. Foreign Affairs [7]
  • Garrett, Laurie (2005). The Next Pandemic. Foreign Affairs [8]
  • Garrett, Laurie (2001). The Nightmare of Bioterrorism. Foreign Affairs [9]


  1. ^ "1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Explanatory Journalism". Retrieved November 2, 2008.
  2. ^ Sherman, Scott (August 21, 2000). "Laurie Garrett: Coming Plague, Current Crisis". Publishers Weekly. Born in Los Angeles in 1951... Garrett, a youthful, intensely serious woman of 49...
  3. ^ a b "CV: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health" (PDF). Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winner is a Graduate of UC Santa Cruz" (Press release). UC Santa Cruz. April 9, 1996.
  5. ^ The George Polk Awards (1997). "1997 George Polk Award Winners at a Glance". The George Polk Awards. Long Island University. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Long Island University Announces Winners of 2000 George Polk Awards" (Press release). Long Island University. February 1, 2001. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "Ebola's Lessons". Foreign Affairs. December 11, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Next Pandemic?". Foreign Affairs. January 29, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Nightmare of Bioterrorism". Foreign Affairs. January 29, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2016.

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