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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HHS Official Under Fire For Comments About Scientists And Conspiracies

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked states to prepare for distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Wants States To Plan For COVID-19 Distribution By October

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Legal Challenges Are Likely After CDC Bans Some Evictions Amid Pandmic

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14 States Make Contact Tracing Data Public. Here's What They're Learning

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Coronavirus Cases Are Surging. The Contact Tracing Workforce Is Not

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Health Officials Testify Before Congress On Pandemic Response

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The Trump administration abruptly required hospitals to stop reporting COVID-19 data to the CDC and to use a new reporting system set up by a contractor. Two weeks in, the promised improvements in the data have yet to materialize. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Hospital Data System That Bypasses CDC Plagued By Delays, Inaccuracies

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Olivia de Havilland in 1949, the same year she starred as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress, a role for which she won an Oscar. AP hide caption

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Olivia De Havilland, One Of Hollywood's Longest Living Legends, Dies At 104

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Coronavirus Updates: President Trump Resumes Coronavirus Task Force Briefings

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The Trump administration is requiring hospitals to report COVID-19 data to a new system, sidestepping the CDC. David Degner/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

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Employees Send A Letter To CDC Director About Racism At The Workplace

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A letter from current CDC staff recently submitted to Director Robert Redfield demands that the agency address structural racism toward Black employees. Graeme Jennings/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Employees Call Out Agency's 'Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions'

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Bamby Salcedo, here speaking at a 2017 rally, is president and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed to keep Obama-era civil rights protections in place. "Everyone deserves easy access to health care," Salcedo says, "and health care that is respectful of who we are." Amanda Edwards/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Public Health Experts Warn The U.S. Lacks Resources To Contain The Coronavirus

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