Senior Writer, Infectious Disease
Helen Branswell is a senior writer at STAT covering infectious diseases and global health; she joined STAT at its founding in 2015. Helen was introduced to epidemic reporting during Toronto’s SARS outbreak in 2003; in the years since she has written about bird flu, the H1N1 flu pandemic, Ebola, Zika, AFM, measles, and now leads STAT’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, she won an AHCJ award for beat reporting on infectious diseases and global health. Helen spent the summer of 2004 embedded at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a CDC Knight Fellow. In 2010-11 she was a Nieman Global Health Fellow at Harvard, where she focused on polio eradication. She was the recipient of the 2020 George Polk Award in the public service category for her coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.