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

John Paye
A Minneapolis-based humanitarian organization is sending a team of medical responders to Liberia to help fight Ebola. (11/19/2014)
Newborn blood sample
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)
Removing protective clothing
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)
Facilities in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Fridley and Rochester will handle cases if the virus strikes. Federal officials will visit next week to assess the hospitals' readiness. (10/24/2014)
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)
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)
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)