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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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Scientist Makes A Discovery That May Lead To New Drugs For Rare Brain Diseases

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Internationally, scientists now have on file the genomes of more than 47,000 different samples of the virus that causes COVID-19 — up from just one in January. Here's a transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (orange) isolated from a patient. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/National Institutes of Health hide caption

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This Coronavirus Doesn't Change Quickly, And That's Good News For Vaccine Makers

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How Mutations In The Coronavirus May Affect Development Of A Vaccine

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This image shows the buildup of toxic tau proteins in the medial temporal gyrus of a human brain. Though some drugs can now remove these proteins, that hasn't seemed to ease Alzheimer's symptoms. It's time to look more deeply into how the cells work, scientists say. UW Medicine hide caption

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Alzheimer's Researchers Go Back To Basics To Find The Best Way Forward

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Dr. Nico Dosenbach decided to put his healthy arm in a cast to figure out more about how the brain deals with an immobilized limb. Tim Parker/Washington University School of Medicine hide caption

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A Scientist's Pink Cast Leads To Discovery About How The Brain Responds To Disability

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What Happened Today: Ex-Police Officer In Minneapolis Arrested, Pandemic Questions

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People line up in mid-April in Chelsea, Mass., to get antibody tests for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Antibody Tests Point To Lower Death Rate For The Coronavirus Than First Thought

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New Data Show The Coronavirus Is Less Lethal Than First Thought

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A nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan holds a cellphone last month so a COVID-19 patient can see and listen to his family. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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New Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Patients On Ventilators Usually Survive

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New Data Shows That Patients On Ventilators Are Likely To Survive

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Physical and occupational therapists carry bags of personal protective equipment on their way to the room of a COVID-19 patient in a Stamford Hospital intensive care unit in Stamford, Conn., on April 24. This "prone team" turns COVID-19 patients onto their stomachs to help them breathe. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Hospital ICUs Are Adapting To COVID-19 At 'Light Speed'

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A medical worker transports a patient at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, where doctors noticed that some young COVID-19 patients without other risk factors had strokes. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Doctors Link COVID-19 To Potentially Deadly Blood Clots And Strokes

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COVID-19 Thickens Blood, Causes Strokes In Some Patients With Mild Symptoms

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ICUs Are Changing To Meet The Needs Of The Coronavirus Patients

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