Author, speaker and Foreign Policy columnist Laurie Garrett was senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York from 2004-2017. Ms. Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. Her expertise includes epidemics, pandemics, bioterrorism, microbiome impacts, planetary health and climate change.
Laurie Garrett wrote her first bestselling book, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, while splitting her time between the Harvard School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. During the 1990s Garrett continued tracking outbreaks and epidemics worldwide, noting the insufficient responses from global public health institutions in Zaire, India, Russia and most of the former USSR, Eastern Europe, and the United States. This resulted in publication in 2000 of the best-selling Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health.The following year Garrett covered the attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequent anthrax mailings, leading to her third book, I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.
A native of Los Angeles, Garrett graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She attended graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at University of California, Berkeleyand did immunology research in the Herzenberg Lab of Stanford University. During the 1980s Garrett was a science correspondent for National Public Radio, having previously covered health, wars and development issues in southern and eastern Africa as a freelance broadcast journalist. Among her most recent awards for her global health work and publishing are the 2014 NYU School of Medicine “Outstanding Contributions to Global Health,” and the 2015 Internationalism Award from the American Women for International Understanding. In 2017 she was named one of 10 “Remarkable Women of UC,” by the Board of Regents of the University of California. Garrett has been awarded four honorary PhDs, honoris causa, from Wesleyan University (Illinois), University of Massachusetts (Lowell) , Georgetown University and the Carl Icahn Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.