Lauren Silverman


Lauren Silverman is the Health, Science and Technology reporter/blogger for KERA News. Before joining KERA, she worked at NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C. Lauren produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education, including a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, Cal., that won a National Association of Black Journalism’s ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’

As a freelance reporter, Lauren has written and recorded stories in English and Spanish for a variety of news outlets, including American Public Media’s Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USA.


1:14 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

This 'City' Trains First Responders For Bombs, Tornadoes And Even Ebola


In College Station, there’s a city that’s been hit by disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes, even bombs. It’s called Disaster City. This 72-acre site is helping people, and robots, train for the next major disaster.

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3:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Two Billion Ways To Order A Pie? Pizza Hut Tries A Spicy Makeover

Pizza Hut is trying to make a splash with dozens of new ingredients, crust flavors and drizzles.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Pizza Hut, the nation’s biggest pizza chain, is overhauling its brand. There’s a new logo, a more casual uniform, and fresh leadership. But the biggest upgrade is the menu.  

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11:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Who Needs To Enroll For Health Insurance This Year?


It's week one of signups for health care on the federal marketplace. Should you enroll? What's the penalty for opting out? 

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7:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Open Enrollment For Obamacare Is Back

Sandra Luz is the lead health care navigator at the Community Council of Greater Dallas.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Despite a very rocky start to open enrollment last year, more than 733,000 Texans bought insurance through the federal marketplace.

Still, Texas remains the state with the highest percent of uninsured people in the country. Will open enrollment this year change that? 

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9:54 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Angel Investors Land In Dallas, Where Startups Are Booming

The National Angel Summit opening at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

A group of angels is descending on Dallas this week -- angel investors. 

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9:46 am
Wed November 12, 2014

A Taste Of African Heritage In Dallas

Michaela Taylor cooks a cauliflower and brown rice dish as part of a cultural cooking class.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Dallas residents are dipping into the dishes that gave rise to Soul Food. They're part of a cultural cooking class that aims to bring back traditional, healthy recipes from the African Diaspora.

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Veterans Coming Home
4:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterans Court Helps Texas Vets Stay Out Of Prison

Keith McDonald speaks with Judge Carr at Veterans Court in Tarrant County.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

This story is the third in KERA's series on veterans, part of the public media initiative "Veterans Coming Home."

This isn't your typical courtroom. People are laughing, smiling, even joking around. Dressed in suits and buttoned-up shirts, dozens of veterans squeeze into the wooden benches. There’s a sense of camaraderie in Tarrant County’s Veterans' Court.  

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Veterans Coming Home
9:22 am
Fri November 7, 2014

A Doctor Reflects On Emergency Trauma At Home And On The Battlefield

Dr. Stephen Burgher, one of the lead physicians at Baylor University Medical Center’s emergency room was part of a military medical unit in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Stephen Burgher

This story is the first in KERA's series on veterans, part of the public media initiative "Veterans Coming Home."

One of the first things Dr. Stephen Burgher had to get used to as an emergency physician in Afghanistan was treating blast injuries.

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12:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republican Sweep: Greg Abbott Wins Big Over Wendy Davis In Texas Governor's Race

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns KERA

It wasn’t a surprise that Attorney General Greg Abbott won the race for Texas governor. The polls showed Democratic candidate Wendy Davis down by double digits for weeks. Still, on Tuesday night, Davis was upbeat about how far her party has come.

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Ebola In Dallas
9:17 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Ebola Blog: Nina Pham Ebola-Free And Returns Home To Texas

Nina Pham arrived at Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport late Friday night.
Texas Health Resources

Nina Pham, the first infected nurse with Ebola in Dallas, is back home in North Texas. She arrived late Friday night at  Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport. Her family was there to greet her.

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