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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 30 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's work has been honored by many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Association of Health Care Journalists. He was twice part of NPR teams that won Peabody Awards.

Stein frequently represents NPR, speaking at universities, international meetings and other venues, including the University of Cambridge in Britain, the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea, and the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.

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.

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Winter Could Usher In Some Normalcy If Delta Surge Projections Are Correct

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CDC Director Walensky Overrules Advisers On Boosters For At-Risk Workers

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The pandemic appears to have peaked or be on the verge of peaking, with cases projected to slowly decline this fall and winter. As recently as Sept. 8, people were waiting at COVID-19 testing site in Kentucky, where over 4,000 new cases were confirmed that day. Jeffrey Dean/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Is The Worst Over? Models Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

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Johnson & Johnson Says Booster Shot Makes Their COVID Vaccine More Effective

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J&J Says Its Booster Shot Provides Increased Protection From COVID-19

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Researchers say all three authorized COVID vaccines are good at keeping people out of the hospital, but Moderna seems to have the longest-lasting protection. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Stats: Deaths Are Up, Delta Variant May Be Starting To Wane

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Kathleen Hipps was fully vaccinated when she got sick from COVID-19—a breakthrough infection. Weeks later, she's still experiencing symptoms. Kathleen Hipps hide caption

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Weeks after getting sick from COVID-19, Kathleen Hipps is still experiencing symptoms, even though she was fully vaccinated. Kathleen Hipps hide caption

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What We Know About Breakthrough Infections And Long COVID

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The White House Is Expected To Announce A 6-Prong Plan To Address The Pandemic

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More People Are Relying On COVID-19 Tests, But Experts Say They're Not Foolproof

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Johnson & Johnson Says A Booster Shot For Its Vaccine May Have Big Benefits

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A nurse fills a syringe with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The FDA Has Approved Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine

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FDA Gives Full Approval To Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine

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