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Rebecca Hersher

Reporter, Science Desk

Rebecca Hersher is a reporter on NPR's Science Desk, where she reports on outbreaks, natural disasters, and environmental and health research. Since coming to NPR in 2011, she has covered the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, embedded with the Afghan army after the American combat mission ended, and reported on floods and hurricanes in the U.S. She's also reported on research about puppies. Before her work on the Science Desk, she was a producer for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered in Los Angeles.

Hersher was part of the NPR team that won a Peabody award for coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and produced a story from Liberia that won an Edward R. Murrow award for use of sound. She was a finalist for the 2017 Daniel Schorr prize; a 2017 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellow, reporting on sanitation in Haiti; and a 2015 NPR Above the Fray fellow, investigating the causes of the suicide epidemic in Greenland.

Prior to working at NPR, Hersher reported on biomedical research and pharmaceutical news for Nature Medicine.

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Syrian government troops on Monday moved into towns in northern Syrian formerly controlled by U.S.-backed Kurdish militants. That sets up a potential clash with Turkish forces. Baderkhan Ahmad/AP hide caption

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How A Proposal To Reduce Flood Risk In Ellicott City Nearly Destroyed The Community

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How Climate Change And Flash Flooding Is Affecting Communities Across The Country

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Sea Level Rise, Ocean Warming Is Accelerating According To U.N. Report

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Salmon swim upstream in Seattle in 2017. A mass of abnormally warm water off the west coast of the U.S. that year contributed to a federal fishery disaster. Warming oceans and rising sea levels are threatening coastal economies as the world's climate changes. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Earth's Oceans Are Getting Hotter And Higher, And It's Accelerating

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Climate Liability Lawsuits Could Help With Costs Of Adapting To A Hotter Earth

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A coal-fired power plant in central Poland. Global greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2018, and the world is on track for potentially catastrophic climate change in the coming decades. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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U.N. Climate Summit Sets Stage For New National Emissions Promises

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What To Expect From The U.N. Climate Action Summit

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Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead-based paint. A report published Monday finds the Environmental Protection Agency is not adequately enforcing laws meant to protect children from lead-laden paint flakes and dust. Stew Milne/AP hide caption

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Charleston's Storm Preparations

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Utility trucks move in Monday as the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian approach in Charleston, S.C. Residents in Charleston and many other coastal areas are under an evacuation order. Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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'They Just Panic': Elderly Residents Face Evacuation Challenges During Storms

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For Seniors, Storm Evacuation Orders Bring Particular Set Of Difficulties

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