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Rob Stein
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Rob Stein

Correspondent and Senior Editor, Science Desk

Rob Stein is a correspondent and senior editor on NPR's science desk.

An award-winning science journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Stein mostly covers health and medicine. He tends to focus on stories that illustrate the intersection of science, health, politics, social trends, ethics, and federal science policy. He tracks genetics, stem cells, cancer research, women's health issues and other science, medical, and health policy news.

Before NPR, Stein worked at The Washington Post for 16 years, first as the newspaper's science editor and then as a national health reporter. Earlier in his career, Stein spent about four years as an editor at NPR's science desk. Before that, he was a science reporter for United Press International (UPI) in Boston and the science editor of the international wire service in Washington.

Stein is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He completed a journalism fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, a program in science and religion at the University of Cambridge, and a summer science writer's workshop at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Stein's work has been honored by many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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Zika Virus: What We've Learned This Past Year

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To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

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Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

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Spanking Young Children Declines Overall But Persists In Poorer Households

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Safety Of Painkiller Celebrex Affirmed In New Study

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Medical Interns Could Work Longer Without A Break Under New Rule

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Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

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Has The Human Life Span Hit The Ceiling?

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Japanese Biologist Wins Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

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