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

Passengers mingle at JFK
The roughly 10 travelers per week coming to Minnesota from Ebola-affected countries will be monitored, part of the larger process federal officials are starting Monday in six states. (10/22/2014)
The Ebola virus
A Minnesota man has tested negative for the Ebola virus. State public health officials announced today that they tested the man yesterday, even though he did not meet federal guidelines for Ebola testing. Lorna Benson explains why. (10/17/2014)
Blood samples
Investigators have not pinpointed how two Texas nurses contracted Ebola from a patient in their care. How are Minnesota hospitals reacting to the news? (10/15/2014)
In the last century, the state has generally grown warmer and wetter. Here's what that could mean for your health, county by county. (10/13/2014)
Some Minnesota hospital laboratories are reluctant to work with blood from suspected Ebola patients. The Health Department says that could compromise timely care for patients. (10/10/2014)
Minnesota does not receive any direct flights from West Africa. Anyone who arrived in the state from that part of the world would have already been screened, in most cases, at least twice. (10/09/2014)
With an eye on Texas, Minnesota health officials are running Ebola drills and fine tuning plans to be ready if the virus surfaces here. (10/03/2014)
Minnesota health officials suspected the respiratory illness was already sickening people in the state. On Wednesday, it was confirmed. (09/17/2014)
Children's hospitals in the Twin Cities are running low on albuterol, a drug that helps ease labored breathing. Hospital officials are seeking more of the drug and expanding their capacity. (09/12/2014)
The national outbreak of Enterovirus D68 has drained supplies of albuterol at local hospitals. (09/12/2014)
Children's hospitals in the Twin Cities are so busy treating children with respiratory problems that they have had to divert some patients to other hospitals. State health officials are trying to determine if the Enterovirus 68 virus is in Minnesota but so far have not confirmed it. (09/11/2014)
Federal officials are asking doctors to watch for the respiratory illness Enterovirus 68. There is no sign of it yet in Minnesota, but state health officials are testing eight samples. (09/08/2014)
HIV prevention advocates say some people don't know about an approved treatment to prevent the spread of HIV. Others can't afford it. And some are embarrassed to ask for it. (09/07/2014)
A $4 million grant will buy 300 automated chest compression devices for hospitals and ambulances across Minnesota. Officials say it will help save more cardiac arrest victims. (09/05/2014)
Police say the victims have life-threatening injuries. A motive for the attack is unknown. (08/23/2014)