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

Flu shots at Children's Hospital
Many Minnesota hospitals are getting slammed with sick people suffering from influenza and other viruses, and a second child under the age of 18 has died from influenza. (12/19/2014)
Flu shots at Children's Hospital
The Centers for Disease Control has warned that this year's vaccine could provide less protection than usual against the H3N2 subtype of influenza A that is circulating widely. Some flu experts say that message is confusing. (12/15/2014)
Flu shot
State health officials noted 65 recent hospitalizations and 19 schools that reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses. (12/11/2014)
Weather conditions are trapping fine particle pollutants near the ground and hurting air quality. (12/11/2014)
Public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu this week so they have some protection against the virus in time for the holidays. (12/08/2014)
Minnesota recorded its first pediatric death from flu this season and cases of the flu are increasing rapidly in southern Minnesota, the metro area and in the central part of the state. (12/05/2014)
Federal health officials on Thursday warned that the flu season may be a bad one. (12/05/2014)
Five weeks after Minnesota health officials began tracking travelers arriving from Ebola-affected countries, each of the 120 people screened has been deemed low-risk and none has developed Ebola symptoms. (11/30/2014)
Minnesota health officials are urging people at high-risk for the disease to take advantage of those opportunities and get tested earlier. (11/30/2014)
A Minneapolis-based humanitarian organization is sending a team of medical responders to Liberia to help fight Ebola. (11/19/2014)
The agency was required to destroy all newborn blood spots and screening results created before Nov. 16, 2011, because the Health Department had not obtained parental permission to store the material. (11/17/2014)
Federal health officials are assessing preparations at the four regional referral hospitals that will provide care if Ebola surfaces here. (11/13/2014)
If the deadly virus strikes in Minnesota, these are the people who'll rush in. What motivates them to sign up for the possibly hazardous duty? (11/13/2014)
Public health officials say e-cigarette devices are exposing thousands of students in Minnesota to addictive nicotine, which could increase their interest in trying traditional tobacco products. (11/10/2014)
Unlike quarantine policies in some other states, Minnesota's home confinement policy will apply primarily to travelers who had a known exposure to Ebola. (10/27/2014)