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

Memorial Blood Centers' supply of O negative blood is dangerously low. (03/01/2015)
Victor Arden Barnard, wanted by Pine County for 59 counts of criminal sexual assault, was arrested Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. (02/28/2015)
A coalition of dental groups Thursday urged lawmakers to raise payment rates for pediatric dental care to the average among states, saying Minnesota's rates are the lowest in the nation. (02/26/2015)
Last year 98 patients in Minnesota were seriously injured and another 13 patients died. (02/26/2015)
Minnesota health officials have spent more than $2 million to monitor people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. (02/23/2015)
The independent "Team B" group was set up to provide fresh perspectives on the unprecedented quest to deliver Ebola vaccines in record time. (02/17/2015)
MNsure has granted a brief extension to customers who had trouble enrolling in the insurance marketplace over the weekend. (02/16/2015)
A fifth child has died of influenza this season. Although flu season is winding down, there are still many localized outbreaks being reported. (02/12/2015)
A bill in the Legislature would require parents to consult with a medical professional before claiming a vaccine exemption. (02/09/2015)
Hoping to slow AIDS, Minnesota in 1985 became the first state to require reporting of positive HIV tests. It ignited a fight between gay rights activists and public health officials. (01/29/2015)
There was little help for patients when Dr. Keith Henry opened Minnesota's first AIDS clinic in 1985. Things are dramatically better now, but he says there are still too many new cases. (01/29/2015)
MPR News' Lorna Benson has been telling us all winter how to stay healthy. Then the norovirus came for her. (01/09/2015)
During sub-zero weather exposed fingers, noses and ears can suffer frostbite within 10 minutes. (01/05/2015)
Minnesota saw many pertussis cases in 2014, though far short of the number during the massive outbreak in 2012. (01/02/2015)
Minnesota had an exceptionally severe flu season two years ago. But so far this season is worse and hitting sooner, officials say. (12/31/2014)