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

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)
Houses near I-94
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)
At a time when melanoma cases are rising sharply in Minnesota, lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning equipment. (03/30/2014)
Bills sponsored by state Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato and state Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, would give highly trained nurses independence by granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. (03/25/2014)
The poisoning cases included children who swallowed or inhaled high levels of e-cigarette liquids, known as e-juice. (03/18/2014)
A bill would allow the Minnesota Department of Health to save newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely. (03/16/2014)
State health officials say they are primarily targeting populations that are at higher risk for mercury exposure, including Somali, Asian, Latino and African American communities. (03/13/2014)
They're trying to change state law, which requires advanced practice nurses to have some supervision from physicians. Nurses say the requirement limits the treatment they can provide, and is a significant barrier to practicing in health care shortage areas. (03/05/2014)
The Minnesota Legislature is preparing to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of medical marijuana. That has many Minnesota physicians asking if marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease. (03/03/2014)
Minnesota's bitter winter has overstayed its welcome for many, but it has been good for the state's air quality. (03/02/2014)
The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified, but the outbreak appears to be over. (02/24/2014)
The Health Care Homes initiative has increased patient access to clinics, particularly for people of color, while improving quality and coordination of care, according to a state study released Thursday. (02/20/2014)