Announcing the 2017 Age Boom Academy Speakers and Fellows

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Age Boom Academy 2017 

Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism host the 2017 Age Boom Academy: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement from June 8 to 10, 2017.

A selective process identified Fellows who now come together with researchers for an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop to learn how to effectively translate science into accessible reporting on the complex issues of inequities in health and work in older age.  During the Academy, journalist Fellows learn by interviewing assembled scientists and experts, participate in story clinics led by researchers and senior journalists, have their stories critiqued by researchers, and meet potential sources. Simultaneously, researchers learn how to communicate more effectively with journalists.

By the end of the Academy, Fellows will have the latest research concerning aging, health, and working longer. Some of the questions that will be answered are: Is there a relationship between health and how long you work? How does this relationship change for people with different backgrounds or different jobs?  How does retirement affect cognitive and physical health?  Does this relationship change based on education, socioeconomic status, and civic engagement? What is the relationship between the kind of work you do, health, and how long you work?

The Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

2017 Age Boom Academy Speakers:

Axel Börsch-Supan, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging

Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution

Kathleen Christensen, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Courtney Coile, Wellesley College

Jürgen Deller, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Ruth Finkelstein, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Michael Giandrea, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Guillermo Ernest Gonzales, Boston University

Michael Hurd, RAND

Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center

Susann Rohwedder, RAND

Ursula M. Staudinger, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Robert Willis, University of Michigan


Rich Eisenberg,Managing Editor, PBS Next Avenue

Chris Farrell, Senior Economics Contributor, Marketplace

Kerry Hannon, Freelance Journalist, New York Times

Carol Hymowitz, Editor-At-Large, Bloomberg

Congratulations to our 2017 Age Boom Academy Fellows:

Eileen Ambrose, Senior Editor, Money TeamAARP publications

Sandra  Block, Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Francisco Castro, Metro Editor, La Opinion Newspaper

Janet Cho, Business Reporter, The Plain Dealer

Lois Collins, Reporter and Columnist, Deseret News

Lisa Gillespie, Health Care and Science Reporter, WFPL-Louisville’s NPR station

Peter Gosselin, Reporter, ProPublica

Gretchen Grosky, Reporter, Union Leader

Ruxandra Guidi, Freelance Journalist/Producer, Fonografia Collective

Emily Gurnon, Senior Editor, Health and Caregiving, PBS Next Avenue

Maria Ines Zamudio, AP NORC Fellow, Associated Press

Ina Jaffe, Correspondent, NPR

Katie Johnston, Reporter, Boston Globe

Adrian Ma, Associate Producer, WNYC, Marketplace

Daniel Marans, Reporter, The Huffington

Sonia Narangm Multimedia Journalist, PRI’s The World and News Deeply

Aimee Picchi, Business Journalistm CBS MoneyWatch, Consumer Reports

Joseph  Pisani, Business Journalist, Associated Press

Rachel Silverman, HR & Benefits Reporter, Freelance, Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon, Senior Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal

Jenn Smith, Community Engagement Editor and Staff Reporter, The Berkshire Eagle/New England Newspapers Inc.

Ben Steverman, Finance reporter, Bloomberg

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