Rebecca Hersher Rebecca Hersher is a reporter on NPR's Science Desk.
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Rebecca Hersher

Reporter, Science Desk

Rebecca Hersher (she/her) 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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The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in Incheon, South Korea, in October 2018. The pandemic has forced scientists around the world to write the latest U.N. climate report without meeting in person. Jung Yeon-Je /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Everyone Loves The Chat Box: How Climate Science Moved Online

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Air pollution is a persistent problem in California's Central Valley. A new study finds that the places that were most polluted nearly 40 years ago generally remain the most polluted today. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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How Wildfires Have Triggered A Spike In Domestic Violence In Australia

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Coronavirus Pandemic Halts Climate Data Collection

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In 2009, Australia's deadliest bushfires on record destroyed Kinglake, a town just over an hour's drive northeast of Melbourne. The disaster had long-term effects on families. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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A flooded street in Orange, Texas in 2017. Climate-driven extreme rain and sea level rise, coupled with development in flood-prone areas, have led to more competition for limited federal flood mitigation dollars. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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States Prepare To Spend Millions To Address Flooding

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The Latest Economic And Health Effects Of Pandemic

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Temperatures Above The Arctic Circle Hit Record High

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Nancy Beck testifies in front of the Senate in 2017 when she was a senior policy director at the American Chemistry Council trade group. President Trump nominated Beck to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. U.S. Senate/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Scientists Warn Against Consumer Protection Nominee

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Companies across the country say the pandemic is interfering with their ability to comply with laws that protect the public from pollution. The federal government is not keeping track of requests for regulatory leniency during the pandemic. DKAR Images/Tetra images /Getty Images hide caption

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As EPA Steps Back, States Face Wave Of Requests For Environmental Leniency

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Kwame Rose, holding a megaphone, helps lead a group of several hundred people in Baltimore during a march protesting police on May 2, 2015. Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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How Have Baltimore Protests Stayed Peaceful? Activists Take Lessons From 2015

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Three hurricanes form in the Atlantic in September 2018. Forecasters predict three to six major hurricanes during the 2020 season, which is above average. NOAA via AP hide caption

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Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns

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Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much

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President Trump has not approved FEMA funding for legal help for Americans affected by the coronavirus. Disaster Legal Services are usually available to survivors of disasters. Evan Vucci-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Has Created A Legal Aid Crisis. FEMA's Usual Response Is Missing

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Mental Health Experts Facilitate Talks Between Families, ICU Patients

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