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

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A new state law that allows advanced nurses to practice independently has made possible a new clinic where nurses will treat minor conditions and manage patients with chronic illnesses. (03/24/2015)
HIV infection rates for Native Americans in Minnesota are nearly three times greater than they are for whites. (03/20/2015)
Minnesota's total number of pediatric flu deaths stands at eight this season. While Type A cases are tapering off, epidemiologists said, Type B flu cases are increasing. (03/19/2015)
The Legislature created, but never fully funded, a poison-control system that takes scores of calls each day. It says it needs an infusion of money to survive. (03/16/2015)
Doctors and hospitals say the change would make it easier for them to consult in other states. (03/13/2015)
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)