Brenda Wilson

Knight International Journalism Fellow, South Africa

Brenda is a Washington-based radio journalist who specializes in health reporting. For the past 20 years, she worked as a correspondent and editor on the science desk of National Public Radio covering global health and U.S. public health and health policy. Wilson contributed hundreds of stories on a wide range of topics to all of NPR’s programs, including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” In her role as a global health reporter, she focused intensely on AIDS, but also reported on other infectious diseases, reproductive health, maternal and child health, health systems in developing countries and other health issues.

She has produced a number of award-winning stories, including contributions to the landmark series, “AIDS in Black America: Breaking the Silence.” The series won a Columbia duPont Award. Wilson is recognized as a trusted voice by the global health community. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the world reporting for NPR. She started her career as a journalist with Pacifica Broadcasting Service, and at NPR as a producer and editor on “Morning Edition.” She also served as a reporter on NPR’s Washington desk, covering the White House during the Reagan administration.