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.
The federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finalizing a new reimbursement plan that will determine how hospitals get paid to take care of Medicare patients. The proposed rule calls for something called "value based purchasing," which…
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Tsunami survivors at an evacuation centre in Yamada, Iwate prefecture. Photo by Owaki Mutsuhiko / Japanese Red Cross Society The situation in Japan's evacuation centers is "dire" for the more than 170,000 people still displaced from their homes by the…
When health journalist Jean Carper discovered that she carried the ApoE4 gene that triples her risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, she became interested in finding out more about the latest research on Alzheimer’s prevention. More research and…
In the days following the flooding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, approximately 1.5 million people throughout the Gulf Coast were displaced from their homes, including 163,000 children. Some of those were young people who became separated from their siblings…
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Betty Ann Bowser looks at what has changed in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans -- and what hasn't -- since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area five years ago.
When the Department of Veterans Affairs announced its changes for how military vets can quality for PTSD treatment Monday, it made us think back to a very powerful story we did in 2008 on the impact of these…
Citing the "unprecedented" nature of the BP oil spill disaster, federal and state medical officials expressed concern Friday about what they see as mounting mental health issues that people in the Gulf states are facing. Public health…
NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser returns to the Rundown for an update on the status of the Senate health care reform bill, including the timeline senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to stick to if he’s going to…
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