Filmmaker Carl Gierstorfer and Science magazine writer Jon Cohen explore their reporting on Ebola and HIV/AIDS during an evening program at Washington University in St. Louis on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The event at Graham Chapel is part of Global Health Week 2018 and is the centerpiece of the journalists' multi-day visit to the University and to St. Louis-area schools.
Gierstorfer and Cohen plan to screen footage from their Pulitzer Center-supported reporting, discuss their stories and consider broader questions of global health journalism. Joining them for the discussion during the evening event are Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center executive director; Dr. Megan Baldridge, assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine; and Jae Lee, candidate for MD 2021 at Washington University School of Medicine and a former Campus Consortium student fellow.
Gierstorfer is a biologist and filmmaker who has been following the Ebola outbreak in Liberia since 2014. There he filmed the documentary, "We Want You To Live—Liberia’s Fight Against Ebola," showing viewers how the disease affected the communities from the Liberian viewpoint.
Cohen is a staff writer at Science magazine who has spent decades covering HIV/AIDS. In his project, "Ending AIDS," Cohen reported from Africa and North America, regions of the world racing to find a cure, or at least a solution to keep the epidemic under control.