Rebecca Hersher Rebecca Hersher is a reporter on NPR's Science Desk.
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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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Tales Of Two Cities: Coronavirus Outcomes Differ Between Bay Area, New York City

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A spokesperson for St. Barnabas Hospital said Monday that it takes four to six days for the hospital to receive coronavirus test results. Misha Friedman/Getty Images hide caption

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New York City Hospitals Struggle To Get Virus Testing Online Amid Patient Surge

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Local Governments Race To Administer Coronavirus Tests, Secure Supplies

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Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for the coronavirus outside the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Not all New York City hospitals are able to do coronavirus tests on-site. Misha Friedman/Getty Images hide caption

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Why The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Hit New York City Especially Hard

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How New York, California And Washington Are Dealing With COVID-19

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The vernal equinox falls on March 19 nationwide this year. It's the earliest start to spring since 1896. This photo shows the Earth shortly before the moment of the equinox on March 20, 2019. GOES-East/NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory hide caption

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Spring Starts Today All Over America, Which Is Weird

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A flooded road leading to the Arkema chemical plant near Houston, Texas in August 2017. Multiple employees including the plant manager are facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to adequately prepare for flooding that caused massive chemical fires at the plant. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sell Or Stay? Australia's Fire Zone Experiment

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Evaluating Australia's Fire-Zone Experiment

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A person walks through a shopping plaza in the Mong Kok neighborhood of Hong Kong. Fears of catching the virus have meant fewer people in public spaces. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Officials Around The World Encourage Coronavirus Precautions

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