Rob Stein Rob Stein is a Correspondent and Senior Editor on NPR's Science Desk.
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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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A New CDC Tool Aims To Close The COVID-19 Knowledge Gap

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Faster Coronavirus Testing May Help To Ease Results Backlog

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Trump Administration Plans To Offer New COVID-19 Guidelines

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What Happened Today: Questions About The Relief Bill And If Measures Are Working

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What Happened Today: Listener Questions About The Economic Relief Bill, More

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A nurse holds swabs and a test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Drive-through screening stations are opening up in several parts of the country as testing capacity starts to expand nationally. At one station in Meridian, Idaho, nurse Ashley Layton communicates with a patient before taking a swab sample. Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Coronavirus Testing Starts To Ramp Up But Still Lags

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Coronavirus Testing Begins To Ramp Up Across The Country

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Coronavirus Update: Drive-Through Testing And Other Developments

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