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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