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Jon Hamilton 2010
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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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War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

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How A 'Sixth Sense' Helps Simone Biles Fly, And The Rest Of Us Walk

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When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

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Test Of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Finds Progress Against Brain Plaques

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

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Despite Lessons From 2009 Quake, Buildings In Italy Remain Vulnerable

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Olympic Athletes Still Use Some Rx Drugs As A Path To 'Legal Doping'

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A Soldier-Scientist's Insights Expand Understanding Of Brain Injuries

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A Sniff Test For Alzheimer's Checks For The Ability To Identify Odors

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A Mouse Watches Film Noir And Offers Clues To Human Consciousness

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Synthetic Stingray May Lead To A Better Artificial Heart

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A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

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The Gray Team with Maj. Jennifer Bell (center), who ran a concussion clinic, seen in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2010: Col. Michael Jaffee (from left) , Capt. James Hancock, Col. Geoffrey Ling, Lt. Col. Shean Phelps and Col. Robert Saum. Courtesy of Christian Macedonia hide caption

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How A Team Of Elite Doctors Changed The Military's Stance On Brain Trauma

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A Concussion Can Lead To Sleep Problems That Last For Years

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