Students asking questions of experts
Healthy NewsWorks reporters interviewed several dozen experts during the pandemic about what they were doing, how they were feeling, and what advice they had for kids. These videos represent a collection of those interviews.
Jordan Mailata is an offensive tackle with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is an Australian native of Samoan heritage who was a professional rugby player before making the switch to the NFL. He enjoys playing musical instruments to unwind, and in 2022 competed on Season 7 of The Masked Singer.
Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D.
Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D., has been called the mother of coronavirus research. She is a microbiology professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as co-director of the Penn Center for Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens.
Jermel Johnson was a professional dancer with the Philadelphia Ballet for 19 years; he retired in May 2022. A Baltimore native, he studied ballet from an early age and rose through the ranks to be a principal dancer in ballets including Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, and the works of George Balanchine. He is now a licensed massage therapist.
Tami D. Benton, M.D.
Tami D. Benton, M.D., is the psychiatrist-in-chief, executive director, and chair of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and clinical director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Among her areas of expertise are pediatric mood and anxiety disorders.
Pierre Chanoine, M.D.
Pierre Chanoine, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician in practice at the Abington Pediatric Associates in Abington, PA. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Sandra L. Bloom, M.D.
Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., is a psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, and an associate professor at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Her pioneering work in traumatic stress studies spans 40 years, and she is the author of a series of books on trauma-informed care.
Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D.
Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of Medical Humanities and American Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of several widely acclaimed publications on the history of race and racism in American medicine and bioethics.
Kenneth Frazier, J.D.
Kenneth Frazier, J.D., is the former CEO of Merck. A strong advocate for social justice and economic inclusion, he has been the recipient of such awards as the Anti-Defamation League Courage Against Hate Award, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund National Equal Justice Award, and the National Minority Quality Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has made numerous contributions to the legal, business, and humanitarian fields.
Malcolm Jenkins is an NFL safety who has played for both the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s won two Super Bowls — one with each team. He is the founder of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, which aims to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities. It operates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Louisiana.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., is vice provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania and a breast oncologist. He is the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn.
Douglas H. Wheelock
Douglas H. Wheelock has been a NASA astronaut since 1998. He has spent more than 178 days in space, including the STS-120 shuttle mission in 2007 and Expeditions 24 and 25 to the International Space Station in 2010. He is a West Point graduate and a retired U.S. Army colonel. He earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech University.
Ali Velshi is a journalist, author, and host of “Live with Ali Velshi” on MSNBC. He has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career. He has been honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting and has earned two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., is president emerita and former CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she held for nearly 15 years. In March 2017, she was named the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PIK Professor of Health Policy and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania.
Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.
Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and University of Pennsylvania psychology professor. She is also the founder and CEO of Character Lab, which is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing scientific insights to help children thrive. She is the author of “Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance.”
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D., is a psychologist and long-time host of “Voices in the Family” on WHYY_FM radio, an award-winning mental health call-in radio show. He has published six books, including the best-seller, “Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life.”
Kathleen Sebelius served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services from April 2009 to June 2014. She served as governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009. Previous elected offices include two terms as the Kansas insurance commissioner and four terms in the Kansas Legislature.
David A. Kessler, M.D.
David A. Kessler, M.D., served as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997. He is a pediatrician and has been dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco.
Aisha Fukushima is a singer, speaker, educator, and “RAPtivist.” She founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip-hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice.
The Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller
The Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller is the senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia. He is the author of “Enjoy Your Journey: Our Quest for a Deeper Relationship with Christ” and “Hope for the Journey: Believing God is Enough When the Road Gets Rough.”
Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler
Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler are a married couple who form the Philadelphia-based duo Kindred The Family Soul. Both got their start as teenagers. Fatin produced his first released material with Bell Biv Devoe at 17 and Aja received her first recording contract from Delicious Vinyl at 14.
Sandra Clark is vice president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY-FM. Prior to joining public media, she was a managing editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she rose through a number of editorial positions.
Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D.
Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D., is University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies at the George Washington University. A physician, scholar, and activist, she is an internationally recognized researcher on the history of American medicine, racial and ethnic inequities in health and health care, and bioethics.
Karen M. Hudson, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W.
Karen M. Hudson, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W., is a community relations advisor for Government Affairs, Community Relations, and Advocacy and program leader of the Homeless Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Paul Offit, M.D.
Paul Offit, M.D., is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day.
Walter Tsou, M.D.
Walter Tsou, M.D., is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform and has extensive experience in public health and has lectured widely on public health and health disparities. He is a former Philadelphia health commissioner and a former president of the American Public Health Association. (Part 2)
Walter Tsou, M.D.
Walter Tsou, M.D., is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform and has extensive experience in public health and has lectured widely on public health and health disparities. He is a former Philadelphia health commissioner and a former president of the American Public Health Association. (Part 1)