Patti Neighmond Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
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Patti Neighmond

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Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Based in Los Angeles, Neighmond has covered health care policy since April 1987. She joined NPR's staff in 1981, covering local New York City news as well as the United Nations. In 1984, she became a producer for NPR's science unit and specialized in science and environmental issues.

Neighmond has earned a broad array of awards for her reporting. In 1993, she received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of health reform. That same year, she received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for a story on a young quadriplegic who convinced Georgia officials that she could live at home less expensively and more happily than in a nursing home. In 1990, Neighmond won the World Hunger Award for a story about healthcare and low-income children. She received two awards in 1989: a George Polk Award for her powerful ten-part series on AIDS patient Archie Harrison, who was taking the anti-viral drug AZT; and a Major Armstrong Award for her series on the Canadian health care system. The Population Institute, based in Washington, DC, has presented its radio documentary award to Neighmond twice: in 1988 for "Family Planning in India" and in 1984 for her coverage of overpopulation in Mexico. Her 1987 report "AIDS and Doctors" won the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, and her two-part series on the aquaculture industry earned the 1986 American Association for the Advancement of Science Award.

Neighmond began her career in journalism in 1978, at the Pacifica Foundation's DC bureau, where she covered Capitol Hill and the White House. She began freelance reporting for NPR from New York City in 1980. Neighmond earned her bachelor's degree in English and drama from the University of Maryland, and now lives in Los Angeles.

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When Insurance Won't Cover Drugs, Americans Make 'Tough Choices' About Their Health

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Nancy Gustafson (right), an opera singer, used singing to reconnect with her mother, Susan Gustafson, who had dementia and was barely talking. She says her mom started joking and laughing with her again after they sang together. Emily Becker/Songs by Heart hide caption

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How Music Therapy Could Help People With Dementia

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For owners of rescue dogs of mixed breed heritage, it can be tempting to buy a DNA kit to get intel on your pup's ancestry. Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pros And Cons Of Exploring Your Dog's DNA

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A large study published in late October found that weekly injections of Makena during the latter months of pregnancy "did not decrease recurrent preterm births." Jill Lehmann Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Controversy Kicks Up Over A Drug Meant To Prevent Premature Birth

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Premature Birth Medication Makena Doesn't Work, Research Shows

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Working Americans Are Getting Less Sleep, Especially Those Who Save Our Lives

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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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U.S. adults put on about a pound a year on average. But people who had a regular nut-snacking habit put on less weight and had a lower risk of becoming obese over time, a new study finds. R.Tsubin/Getty Images hide caption

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Just A Handful Of Nuts May Help Keep Us From Packing On The Pounds As We Age

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U.S. Justice Department Charges 35 People In Fraudulent Genetic Testing Scheme

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Justice Department Charges 35 People With Defrauding Medicare Of More Than $2 Billion

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