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Jon Hamilton

Correspondent, Science Desk

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

In 2014, Hamilton went to Liberia as part of the NPR team that covered Ebola. The team received a Peabody Award for its coverage.

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 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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Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits

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Blech! Brain Science Explains Why You're Not Thirsty For Salt Water

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Scientists are questioning the evidence about an alleged attack on diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Doubts Rise About Evidence That U.S. Diplomats In Cuba Were Attacked

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Is It Alzheimer's Or Another Dementia? The Right Answer Matters

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Spravato, the brand name for esketamine, a newly approved option for treatment-resistant depression. Janssen Pharmaceutica hide caption

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FDA Approves Esketamine Nasal Spray For Hard-To-Treat Depression

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Alzheimer's Screenings Often Left Out Of Seniors' Wellness Exams

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FDA Expected To Approve Esketamine Nasal Spray For Depression

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Scans Show Female Brains Remain Youthful As Male Brains Wind Down

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From Fruit Fly To Stink Eye: Searching For Anger's Animal Roots

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How California's Worst Oil Spill Turned Beaches Black And The Nation Green

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A colorized image of a brain cell from an Alzheimer's patient shows a neurofibrillary tangle (red) inside the cytoplasm (yellow) of the cell. The tangles consist primarily of a protein called tau. SPL/Science Source hide caption

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Alzheimer's Disease May Develop Differently In African-Americans, Study Suggests

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Researchers say human brains can become overwhelmed by cute traits, such as large eyes and small noses, embodied by movie characters like Bambi. Disney Junior/Disney Channel via Getty Images hide caption

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When Too Cute Is Too Much, The Brain Can Get Aggressive

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Research inspired by soccer headers has led to fresh insights into how the brain weathers hits to the head. Photo illustration by David Madison/Getty Images hide caption

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Bad Vibes: How Hits To The Head Are Transferred To The Brain

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Scientists Find A Brain Circuit That Could Explain Seasonal Depression

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Scientists Improve Mood By Stimulating A Brain Area Above The Eyes

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