SOMERS — New York Times science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. will hold a presentation beginning at noon Feb. 27 in the Student Center Ballroom at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.
McNeil, who specializing in covering plagues and pestilences, presents a talk titled: “Albino Murders, Tightwad Superpower, and the Battle for Global Health.” He speaks on his experiences covering the diseases of the world’s poor: AIDS, malaria, avian flu, SARS and mad cow disease, among others.
Joining The Times in 1976 as a copy boy, McNeil has served as a night rewrite man, an environmental reporter, a theater columnist and an editor. From 1995 to 2002 he was a foreign correspondent based in South Africa and France and has reported from 52 countries. He has covered topics ranging from the Love Canal toxic waste scandal to bungee jumping off Victoria Falls and the premiere of “Evita” in Zimbabwe.
During a hiatus from The Times in the 1980s, he taught journalism at Columbia University, worked at People magazine, WCBS-TV, Adweek and New York Newsday, and wrote plays.
The presentation is free and open to the public. His visit is sponsored by Parkside Student Government and the UW-Parkside Office of the Provost.