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Jessica Benko


Jessica Benko

He Survived Ebola. Now He’s Fighting to Keep It From Spreading.

As new cases of Ebola continue to appear, the front-line soldiers are the rural health workers.
The New York Times Magazine Link to Story

The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison

The goal of the Norwegian penal system is to get inmates out of it.
The New York Times Magazine Link to Story

Mother of God, Child of Zeus

Gold, mercury, poverty and profit in the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, Peru.
Virginia Quarterly Review Link to Story

She Carries the Weight of the World

A little girl supports her family of five--her widowed mother and three other siblings.
National Geographic | PROOF Link to Story

The Electric Mind

Paralyzed and unable to speak after a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson was trapped inside her mind.
The Atavist Link to Story

The People Who Walk with Reindeer | Sami

Indigenous reindeer herders of the Scandinavian Arctic
National Geographic Magazine Link to Story

Seeking Shelter from Krishna

Behind the scenes of reporting on widowhood in northern India
Pulitzer Center | Untold Stories Link to Story

How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration

Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects.
The New York Times Magazine Link to Story

Making and Unmaking the Digital World

The growing footprint of the virtual world
The New York Times Magazine Link to Story

What Doesn't Kill You | A Real Nail Biter

Cathy was almost killed several times... by a thought that she just couldn't get rid of.
This American Life Link to Story

A 4-Track Mind

Bob Milne has a rare ability that has brain researchers scratching their heads.
Radiolab Link to Story

To Solve a Social Problem, You Need More Than a Theory — You Need a Randomized Controlled Trial

Randomized controlled trials are revolutionizing the world of international development.


Jessica Benko

I am a print and radio journalist interested in the intersection of science and technology with individual human lives. I am also drawn to communities on the margins of society, from the illegal goldmines of the Amazon to the barren tundra of the Arctic. My work can be found in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, This American Life, Radiolab, and elsewhere.