- Health Correspondent
Rhitu Chatterjee is a health correspondent with NPR, with a focus on mental health.
Most recently, Chatterjee has documented the impact of the pandemic and related public health measures on the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, and how schools and healthcare providers are collaborating to expand access to mental health care for kids. Chatterjee has also reported on how chronic stress from racism has a devastating impact on pregnancy outcomes in black women. She has written about the factors that put adolescents and youth on a path to school shootings, and what some schools are doing keep them off that path. She has also written about the widespread levels of loneliness and lack of social connection in America and its consequences of people's mental and physical health.
Before starting at NPR's health desk in 2018, Chatterjee was an editor for NPR's The Salt, where she edited stories about food, culture, nutrition, and agriculture. Prior to that, Chatterjee reported on current affairs from New Delhi for PRI's The World, and covered science, health and environmental news for the show as a Boston-based correspondent.
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