Rebecca Hersher Rebecca Hersher is a reporter on NPR's Science Desk.
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Rebecca Hersher at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 25, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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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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Drinking water samples from homes in southwestern Puerto Rico are tested at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in San German. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico's Tap Water Often Goes Untested, Raising Fears About Lead Contamination

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South Carolina Town Braces For Florence

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Florence Evacuees Face 4 Nights In A Shelter, And No End In Sight

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Hurricane Florence Arrives In South Carolina

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A satellite image from Monday shows Hurricane Florence as it travels west and gains strength in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes Isaac and Helene have also formed off the coast of West Africa. NOAA/GOES/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence

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Petrochemical facilities in the Houston area are assessing their hurricane preparedness after Hurricane Harvey. This oil refinery reinforced storage tank roofs with geodesic domes — the gray caps on some of the white tanks in the photo — to better withstand a deluge. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Industry Looks For Hurricane Lessons As Climate Changes

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Industrial Safety After Hurricane Harvey

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Case Alleges Chemical Companies Should Prepare For Unprecedented Storms

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A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Band-Aid Fixes To A Superfund Site

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A Grand Noodle Riddle, Cracked: Here's How To Snap Spaghetti Into Just 2 Pieces

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Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

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Climate Change Threatens Midwest's Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans

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