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

Mom Ananka Young with nurse Deb Avenido
African-American and American Indian infants in Minnesota are more than twice as likely as white babies to die in the first year. State health leaders say reducing racial disadvantages will help. (06/30/2015)
Minnesota health providers are being told to watch for possible cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and to ask patients about international travel following a South Korean outbreak. (06/12/2015)
Using low-dose aspirin can lower rates of a first heart attack or stroke by 10 to 20 percent. But aspirin is not for everyone, a U of M cardiologist said, and patients should consult with their doctors first. (06/02/2015)
Some health care clinics are adding on-site attorneys to their teams of doctors and nurses to provide convenient, free legal advice to low-income patients. The partnerships may be saving lives. (05/26/2015)
In Minnesota, American Indian and African-American babies die at twice the rate of white babies. (04/30/2015)
A turkey industry official says producers want to know how widely the virus is circulating in wild birds and blood tests would help answer that question. (04/28/2015)
Officials say 2.6 million of 15 million turkeys have been lost to avian flu, or 17 percent of birds in production. (04/23/2015)
State Fair officials will decide by early to mid-summer whether to cancel the exhibition this year amid fears that bringing exhibition birds together in one location could further spread the virus. (04/23/2015)
The quick arrival of the disease in North America has alarmed scientists. Some think wild waterfowl are spreading the virus. But others say wind may be a contributing factor. (04/20/2015)
The state is still experiencing localized outbreaks of influenza. The season typically ends in late April or May. (04/16/2015)
Minnesota's turkey hunt begins Wednesday and continues through the end of May. (04/15/2015)
Researchers suspect the new flu viruses were introduced to North America near the Bering Sea. Now that they're here, it will be hard to get rid of them. (04/10/2015)
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)