When Words Change Lives: A Conversation With Lizzie Presser

Join ProPublica and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a riveting and candid conversation with George Polk Award winner and ProPublica journalist Lizzie Presser, moderated by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

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Shining a light on the invisible — those whose stories might otherwise never be told — effects real change. But rare is the journalist who impacts her subjects, decision-makers and readers alike.

Join ProPublica and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a riveting and candid conversation with George Polk Award winner and ProPublica journalist Lizzie Presser, moderated by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Presser covers health, inequality and how policy is experienced. Her work at ProPublica has included investigations on the dispossession of African American landowners in the South; the narrative of a medical worker describing terrifying lung failure from COVID-19, even in his young patients; a story on how Black Americans with diabetes lose limbs at a rate triple that of others (a sign that quality preventive care isn’t reaching the people who need it most); and a piece about a man stuck in the crosshairs of trying to get a kidney transplant. These stories have also spurred new legislation, federal funding and national public health initiatives.

Presser will discuss the questions that spark her investigations, how she has gained the trust of her subjects and the real-life impact of her reporting. You can watch live on YouTube.

This event is part of the Harvard School of Public Health’s “Public Health Storytellers” series.

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