Selena Simmons-Duffin Selena Simmons-Duffin reports on health policy for NPR.
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Selena Simmons-Duffin

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Selena Simmons-Duffin reports on health policy for NPR.

She has worked at NPR for ten years as a show editor and producer, with one stopover at WAMU in 2017 as part of a staff exchange. For four months, she reported local Washington, DC, health stories, including a secretive maternity ward closure and a gesundheit machine.

Before coming to All Things Considered in 2016, Simmons-Duffin spent six years on Morning Edition working shifts at all hours and directing the show. She also drove the full length of the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014 for the "Borderland" series.

She won a Gracie Award in 2015 for creating a video called "Talking While Female," and a 2014 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for producing a series on why you should love your microbes.

Simmons-Duffin attended Stanford University, where she majored in English. She took time off from college to do HIV/AIDS-related work in East Africa. She started out in radio at Stanford's radio station, KZSU, and went on to study documentary radio at the Salt Institute, before coming to NPR as an intern in 2009.

She lives in Washington, DC, with her spouse and kids.

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There's A Vaccine Bottleneck. It's Hard To Say Why.

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Biden Takes 1st Executive Actions To Fight The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Biden's Plan To Expand Coronavirus Vaccine Access

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Biden Reveals Plans For COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

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Biden To Reveal His Emergency Pandemic Relief Plan

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Trump Officials Call For States To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

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A health care worker with the Florida Department of Health administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at a retirement community in Pompano Beach, Fla. New Trump administration guidance arrived Tuesday, urging states to make all people over 65 eligible for the vaccine. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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What The U.S. Can Do To Improve The Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

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U.S. COVID-19 vaccination programs are off to a slow start, but with more funding, better coordination and public awareness campaigns, things could speed up, experts say. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What Will Climate And Health Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

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U.S. Sees A Spike In Contact Tracing Workers, NPR Survey Shows

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Contact tracer Toni Parlanti of Stamford, Conn., calls a person identified as having been potentially exposed to the coronavirus this week. States and territories report they have more than 70,000 people working on contact tracing as of December. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Gives OK To 2nd Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

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