CORVALLIS, Ore. - Dr. Richard Besser, a physician, former administrator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nationally-known investigative journalist will speak at Oregon State University on Monday, April 13, as part of the Provost's Lecture Series.

Besser will present "A View From Both Sides of the Camera: Using Television to Promote Public Health." The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., on the Corvallis campus. It is free and open to the public.

Besser has covered major medical news stories around the world for ABC, including several recent trips to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak. At the CDC, Besser was director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. His previous medical work included the epidemiology of food-borne diseases and pediatric tuberculosis.

His reporting has received numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination in 2011 for a piece on umbilical cord blood banking. He received two Peabody Awards as part of his work at ABC, and published his first book, "Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions," in 2013.

Creating healthy people, a healthy planet and a healthy economy are top priorities for OSU, which has the state's first accredited school of public health. For more on health-based research at the university, see the winter edition of Terra Research Magazine.

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