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Jon Hamilton

Correspondent, Science Desk

Jon Hamilton is a correspondent for NPR's Science Desk. Currently he focuses on neuroscience, health risks, and extreme weather.

Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Hamilton was part of NPR's team of science reporters and editors who went to Japan to cover the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Hamilton contributed several pieces to the Science Desk series "The Human Edge," which looked at what makes people the most versatile and powerful species on Earth. His reporting explained how humans use stories, how the highly evolved human brain is made from primitive parts, and what autism reveals about humans social brains.

In 2009, Hamilton received the Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award for his piece on the neuroscience behind treating autism.

Before joining NPR in 1998, Hamilton was a media fellow with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation studying health policy issues. He reported on states that have improved their Medicaid programs for the poor by enrolling beneficiaries in private HMOs.

From 1995-1997, Hamilton wrote on health and medical topics as a freelance writer, after having been a medical reporter for both The Commercial Appeal and Physician's Weekly.

Hamilton graduated with honors from Oberlin College in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. As a student, he was the editor of the Oberlin Review student newspaper. He earned his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where he graduated with honors During his time at Columbia, Hamilton was awarded the Baker Prize for magazine writing and earned a Sherwood traveling fellowship.

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Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

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Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

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Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

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A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine

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Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience

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Politics Aside, Counting Crowds Is Tricky

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Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

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Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

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Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

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