Marchione Named Writer in Residence

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Writer in residenceMADISON - Marilynn Marchione, an award-winning national medical writer at the Associated Press, will be the medical and public health writer in residence at UW-Madison during the week of Oct. 15.
Marchione will spend the week working with students, faculty and staff. She will also give a public lecture, "Doctors, The Media and the Internet: Who Do We Believe and Why?" at 4 pm Oct. 18. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Red Gym (check “Today in the Red Gym” for room number).
Marchione became the Associated Press' national medical writer in July 2004 after 28 years as a reporter and editor at metropolitan daily newspapers in Milwaukee, Chicago and Akron.
In September 2005, she was the first to report that doctors and patients were trapped in flooded hospitals in New Orleans. In October 2004, she broke the news of the flu vaccine shortage and wrote deadline feature stories after being the only reporter granted access to the nation's sole flu-shot manufacturing plant. She also has written about cancer, safety concerns involving prescription drugs and conflicts of interest in medical research.
As a longtime medical writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she wrote groundbreaking stories on infectious disease, biomedical ethics, public health and embryonic stem cell research.
In 2000, Marchione was chosen for a Knight Journalism Fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she helped investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness, Legionnaire's disease and West Nile virus.She has had other medical reporting fellowships in public health, genetics and other topics.
Her reporting awards include recognition from the American Cancer Society, the Wisconsin division of the American Heart Association and the National Institute for Health Care Management. Marchione earned a journalism degree from Kent State University.
Co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Medical and Public Health Writer in Residence Program is also supported by University Communications. It is the newest addition to campus’ 20-year writer-in-residence program.

Date Published: 12/28/2007

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