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

Sick child
Minnesota health officials suspected the respiratory illness was already sickening people in the state. On Wednesday, it was confirmed. (09/17/2014)
Landon Flannery, 2, at Mpls. Children's Hospital
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)
Sick teen
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)
The Federal Transit Administration has given the METRO Blue Line extension approval to begin design work. (08/23/2014)
Visiting the State Fair's animal barns is OK, but watch your mouth and wash your hands. (08/22/2014)
Six years in to a 10-year plan to eliminate heart attacks, New Ulm has yet to hit its lofty goal, and may never do so. But it has made enough progress in improving health among its citizens to win national recognition. (08/17/2014)
Mothers with complex pregnancies may need extra support from health care providers to successfully breastfeed. (08/13/2014)
The illnesses were traced to contact with the petting zoo animals between July 4 and July 27 at the Nashwauk 4th of July Festival, and at the Polk, Rice and Olmsted County fairs. (08/12/2014)
Minnesota will be just the second state to use pharmacists to dispense medical cannabis. While some pharmacists say it makes sense to tap their expertise in handling medications, they also see many challenges. (08/10/2014)
The statute allows parents who object to the change to opt out of long-term storage of their child's screening data. (08/01/2014)