Lorna Benson

Lorna Benson

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
lbenson@mpr.org

Lorna Benson is a correspondent for MPR News, reporting primarily on health and medicine. She has been reporting for MPR since 1990, and hosted All Things Considered from 1997 to 2003. She has also worked at Minnesota Public Radio bureau stations in Rochester and St. Peter, where she was the news director. For a brief time in 1996, Benson worked at KPBS radio in San Diego, where she hosted Morning Edition and a weekly call-in program. She has been honored by the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Minnesota Psychiatric Society, the Minnesota Medical Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Minnesota, Eli Lilly & Company and the Minnesota Education Association. Benson was the 2003 Commencement speaker at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Newborn blood sample
The statute allows parents who object to the change to opt out of long-term storage of their child's screening data. (08/01/2014)
Medical marijuana oil
The state is sponsoring an Aug. 8 conference in St. Paul for interested manufacturers. The location may need to be changed because interest appears to be greater than what the venue can accommodate. (07/31/2014)
Patrick and Decontee Sawyer
In Minnesota, the state Department of Health is working with leaders in the local Liberian community to address concerns about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (07/28/2014)
The nonprofit group Loaves and Fishes says it served more than 41,000 free meals in June. (07/27/2014)
He may have saved the life of a Metro Mobility driver trapped in her van. (07/25/2014)
Schools can make a big difference in the lives of students who have asthma, for better or worse. (07/08/2014)
An estimated 90,000 Minnesota children have asthma, and a disproportionate number of them are African-American and American Indian. Counting adults, the number of asthma cases in the state jumps to more than 400,000. Where people live can explain much of the racial disparity in asthma rates. (07/08/2014)
In the first of three reports about health disparities in Minnesota, we look at American Indians, whose risk of dying from lung cancer is twice that of non-Hispanic whites. Their rates of cervical and larynx cancer are even higher. (07/08/2014)
Researchers say chronic stress associated with harassment and discrimination is making sexual and gender minorities much more vulnerable to suicide and other health problems than the general population. (07/08/2014)
So far, 288 people in the United States have contracted measles during the first five months of the year. (05/29/2014)
Ticks are cold-blooded, and as long as they have protection from frigid air temperatures, they can survive, said Dave Neitzel, and epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health. (05/20/2014)
The licensing change, which takes effect Jan. 1, applies to nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurse anesthetists. (05/13/2014)
The new law removes the state's two-year time limit on storing those test results. It also eliminates the 71-day limit on archiving newborn blood spot cards. (05/06/2014)
A new hunger-relief program is testing whether better access to food can help reduce costly hospital readmissions among seniors. (04/30/2014)
Hunger rarely comes up when kids and their families see a doctor. Some clinics operate their own food banks or offer mobile food deliveries to patients, but programs that use food to try to improve patient health are still a relatively new idea. (04/21/2014)