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San Francisco Chronicle Reporter Receives PAHO Award for AIDS Series
San Francisco Chronicle reporter William Carlsen has been awarded the "prestigious" Pan American Health Organization award for Excellence in International Health Reporting 2001 for his two-part newspaper series on the origin of the AIDS epidemic, the
Chronicle reports. Carlsen's story, published in January 2001, highlighted two origin theories, "each suggesting that modern medicine may have played a central role in spreading the disease." Carlsen, who has been a writer for the Chronicle for 22 years and is now an investigative reporter, "took the reader on a compelling round-the-world journey in search of the source of one of the most horrific modern scourges," Chronicle Managing Editor Jerry Roberts said. PAHO, the oldest public health agency worldwide, works throughout North and South America to educate the public and fight disease (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3).
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