Jane Brody, personal health columnist for The New York Times, will present a talk titled “Does the Press Have a Caring Heart?” on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the Park Street Auditorium, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, 55 Park St. Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale.
Brody, who holds degrees in biochemisty and science writing, worked for two years as a general assignment reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, before joining The New York Times as a full-time specialist in medicine and biology in 1965. In 1976 she became The Times’ personal health columnist. Her widely read and quoted column, which appears every Tuesday in The Times’ Science Times section and in scores of other newspapers around the country, earned her the title of “High Priestess of Health” from Time magazine.
Brody has also written many magazine articles and lectures frequently on health issues to both lay and professional audiences. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows throughout the country and has received numerous prestigious awards for journalistic excellence.
She has written ten books including the best-sellers “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book” and “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.” Her other books include “Jane Brody’s Good Food Gourmet,” “Jane Brody’s Good Seafood Book,” “Jane Brody’s Cold and Flu Fighter,” “Jane Brody’s Allergy Fighter,” “The New York Times Book of Health,” and “The New York Times Book of Women’s Health.” She is co-author of “The New York Times Guide to Alternative Health.” Her newest work, “Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life,” was published in February 2009.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Majora Carter, Jeff Horwitz, and Scott Anderson.