About Betty Ann

Betty Ann Bowser, the new Health Correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, graduated Ohio Wesleyan in 1966. By 1974, she was working for CBS, where she remained for the next 14 years. For the CBS Nightly News, she covered countless international stories, including famine in Africa and troubles in the Middle East. She also was the co-anchor of 30 Minutes, a news magazine program that won four Emmy's as well as DuPont and Peabody awards.

In 1986, she came to the NewsHour as a general assignment correspondent, reporting on every major domestic news story, including the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She also has done extensive and award-winning science/health reporting, with stories such as concussions, dogs and cancer, conflicting reports about bisphenyl A, the development of teen brains and the presence of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado and has two sons.

Betty Ann's Recent Stories

Health Jun 27

Of Health Care, Haircuts and Broccoli

It was just a routine haircut. But before it was over, I found myself engaged in a donnybrook with a beauty salon of women from both the left and right in their political thinking, all preaching to each other about…

Health Jun 08

Health Care Reform: The Comic Book

// When you think about what makes for good material for comic books and graphic novels, the much-debated and heavily-contested federal health reform law is not necessarily the subject matter you would think of. And Jonathan Gruber, an economist and…

Health Nov 23

Why Medicare Chief Don Berwick Was Destined to Step Down

Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images Dr. Donald Berwick, the man who has been both praised and reviled as the country's Medicare chief, will step down on Dec. 2. The White House announced that Marilyn Tavenner, Berwick's principal…

Health Jul 11

New Rules Unveiled for Health Care Exchanges

// Saying "flexibility is the name of the game," Department of Health and Human Services officials unveiled a broad framework for states to follow as they build their health insurance exchanges under the health reform law. The new regulations…

Health Jul 11

Record Drought Threatens Millions in Eastern Africa

More than 10 million people are desperately in need of food assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, the World Food Program estimated this week, as the worst drought in 60 years continues to ravage eastern Africa. The situation in Somalia…

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