Laurie Garrett is the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the only writer to have been awarded all three of the big “Ps” of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer.
Garrett is also the best-selling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health. Her third book, I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks, received the 2011 E-Literature Award for best science writing, and her most recent book Ebola: Story of An Outbreak is based on her experience reporting from Ebola epidemics in 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire and in 2014 in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Garrett is an expert on global health with a particular focus on newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, bioterrorism, public health, and its effects on foreign policy and national security. Over the course of her career, she has been in over thirty different epidemics. A member of the National Association of Science Writers, Garrett also served as the organization’s president in the mid-1990s. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, and is a principal member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). She chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel to the United Nations High Level Commission on HIV Prevention in collaboration with UNAIDS.