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

Asthma medication
Schools can make a big difference in the lives of students who have asthma, for better or worse. (07/08/2014)
Keontae Gaskin
An estimated 90,000 Minnesota children have asthma, and a disproportionate number of them are African-American and American Indian. Counting adults, the number of asthma cases in the state jumps to more than 400,000. Where people live can explain much of the racial disparity in asthma rates. (07/08/2014)
Cancer survivors
In the first of three reports about health disparities in Minnesota, we look at American Indians, whose risk of dying from lung cancer is twice that of non-Hispanic whites. Their rates of cervical and larynx cancer are even higher. (07/08/2014)
Researchers say chronic stress associated with harassment and discrimination is making sexual and gender minorities much more vulnerable to suicide and other health problems than the general population. (07/08/2014)
So far, 288 people in the United States have contracted measles during the first five months of the year. (05/29/2014)
Ticks are cold-blooded, and as long as they have protection from frigid air temperatures, they can survive, said Dave Neitzel, and epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health. (05/20/2014)
The licensing change, which takes effect Jan. 1, applies to nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurse anesthetists. (05/13/2014)
The new law removes the state's two-year time limit on storing those test results. It also eliminates the 71-day limit on archiving newborn blood spot cards. (05/06/2014)
A new hunger-relief program is testing whether better access to food can help reduce costly hospital readmissions among seniors. (04/30/2014)
Hunger rarely comes up when kids and their families see a doctor. Some clinics operate their own food banks or offer mobile food deliveries to patients, but programs that use food to try to improve patient health are still a relatively new idea. (04/21/2014)
The number of syphilis cases increased 64 percent, while gonorrhea cases were up 26 percent, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. (04/16/2014)
The nationwide study found that on average, minority populations are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels that are 38 percent higher than levels of the gas found in predominantly white neighborhoods. (04/15/2014)
The Hennepin County Board has approved spending $10 million to acquire a city block directly across from HCMC's Emergency Department. (04/14/2014)
The man, who was returning to Minnesota from West Africa, was admitted to a hospital after arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with fever and confusion soon after his flight's arrival. (04/04/2014)
Organizers say the Healthy Savings cards will supplement food for struggling families and make it easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables, which are often absent or limited at food shelves. (04/01/2014)