Thursday, April 16th, 12:00-12:30 Mountain Time

Kathleen McLaughlin: Epidemics & Coverups: Learning from China’s Mistakes

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In the 1990s, China faced a unique outbreak of HIV and AIDS, traveling through government-run health systems. The decisions made then and in the aftermath about how to handle epidemics shaped the Chinese government’s current-day response to public health crises. Heavy-handed controls and censorship left scars that linger to this day and undercut China’s current handling of the coronavirus outbreak encircling the world.


Kathleen McLaughlin is the former Beijing correspondent for Science magazine. She lived and reported from China for more than 15 years, where her work frequently focused on inequality and public health. She’s written for the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian and many other publications from around the world and continues to report on science and global health, in normal times traveling from Montana back to Asia for reporting. She studied journalism at the University of Montana and Chinese language at Shanghai Jiaotong University and is a 2015 alum of the Knight Science Journalism fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.