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

Police say the victims have life-threatening injuries. A motive for the attack is unknown. (08/23/2014)
Blue Line Extension
The Federal Transit Administration has given the METRO Blue Line extension approval to begin design work. (08/23/2014)
Elliott Cich washes his hands at the fair
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)
The state is sponsoring an Aug. 8 conference in St. Paul for interested manufacturers. The location may need to be changed because interest appears to be greater than what the venue can accommodate. (07/31/2014)
In Minnesota, the state Department of Health is working with leaders in the local Liberian community to address concerns about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (07/28/2014)
The nonprofit group Loaves and Fishes says it served more than 41,000 free meals in June. (07/27/2014)
He may have saved the life of a Metro Mobility driver trapped in her van. (07/25/2014)
Schools can make a big difference in the lives of students who have asthma, for better or worse. (07/08/2014)
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)
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)