Lauren Silverman

Reporter/Blogger

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.

Pages

Astronomy
11:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Night Owls (And Vampires) Rejoice: Watch The ‘Blood Moon,’ A Lunar Eclipse (Video)

The blood moon over California Tuesday morning.
Doug Jones flickr.com/photos/dougj55/

Did you forget to set your alarm overnight to catch the "blood moon?" NASA has posted video of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse. Watch it:

Read more
Texas News
2:58 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt

President Bush's portrait of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.

Read more
Health/Science
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

As Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Hundreds Flood Local Hospitals For Help

Organizing for Action volunteer Dee Fox stands with Lorisse Hampton, a contract worker from Fort Worth, who successfully purchased a plan at Healthcare.gov at a Fort Worth Public Library's E-skills branch session.
Lyndsay Knecht KERA News

Update, 6 p.m. Monday: KERA's Lauren Silverman has the latest on the looming healthcare deadline:

Interest in the federal health insurance marketplace might have started slowly, but things were racing Monday. The deadline to sign up for 2014 insurance at healthcare.gov is 11:59 p.m.

“We have quite a few people here today,” said Bob Reed, vice president of patient access at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “Too busy to bean count. … We’ve just been trying to survive a little bit.”

Read more
One Crisis Away
10:06 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'One Crisis Away' KERA-TV Special Explores Four Families On The Financial Edge

Natalie Berquist is one of the families featured in KERA's One Crisis Away series.
Dane Walters KERA News

One in three North Texans can’t weather a financial storm that lasts 90 days. The problem's known as asset poverty, and it doesn't discriminate. A job loss, health emergency, even legal trouble is enough to plunge a third of our friends and neighbors into financial distress. 

KERA's series One Crisis Away is following four North Texas families on the financial edge.

On March 27, a one-hour special will air on KERA-TV, Channel 13, that features these families and explores asset poverty. The special will air again on Channel 13 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 30 and 11 p.m. April 8.

The special was taped in front of a live audience at the Dallas City Performance Hall. We livestreamed the event -- we've posted the video below.

Read more
Politics
4:08 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Robert Strauss, Native Texan And Former Democratic Party Chair, Dies At 95

Robert Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic Party and an ambassador to the Soviet Union, has died at 95.
Wikimedia Commons

Robert Strauss, the Dallas lawyer who became a political power on the national and international stage, died Wednesday at age 95.

Strauss was a staunch Democrat, but he advised presidents from both sides of the aisle, from Lyndon Johnson to George H.W. Bush.

Read more
Health/Science
2:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Parkland's New CEO Meets The Public

Louisiana State University

Parkland introduced its new CEO on Monday – the first new CEO in thirty years. Dr. Fred Cerise previously headed Louisiana State University’s charity hospital system. This week, Parkland is inviting the public to meet the new CEO at a series of events hosted by Dallas County commissioners.

Read more
Texas News
10:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns Texas' Gay Marriage Ban, Declaring It Unconstitutional

Alexander Demyanenko Shutterstock

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas’ gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, but he's leaving the ban in place for now.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio issued a preliminary injunction on the ban after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a decade-old law.

He said the couples, one of which is from North Texas, will likely win their case and the ban should be lifted. But he said he would give the state time to appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The state will appeal the ruling, said Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general.

Read more
Military
8:26 am
Wed February 19, 2014

VIDEO: In Dallas, President Bush, Jill Biden Discuss Supporting Veterans, Families

President George W. Bush will discuss how to support military veterans and their families today at the Bush Institute.
Joseph August Shutterstock.com

Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his institute will be "relentless" in helping military veterans return to civilian life.

The KERA radio story.

He appeared at a summit at the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also spoke at the event, which focused on ways to help military veterans and their families.

“Over the next five years, more than a million Americans will complete their military experience,” Bush said at the event, called Empowering Our Nations' Warriors. “And like those before them, they’ll face challenges as they readjust to civilian life. At the Bush Center, we believe after everything they’ve done for us we have a duty to help make their transition as successful as possible.”

Read more
Shots - Health News
2:22 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma

Virginia Rady, 28, holds her old nebulizer at her home in Dallas. Rady was diagnosed with chronic persistent asthma at age 2. She underwent a series of three outpatient surgeries between December 2012 and February 2013 for a procedure known as bronchial thermoplasty. She says the procedure has changed her life, allowing her to remove her nebulizer from her bedside.
Brandon Thibodeaux for NPR

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 7:58 am

If you've ever tried to drink something through one of those little red coffee stirrers instead of a full-sized straw, you know what it's like to breathe with asthma.

Twenty-five million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma. And for 10 percent of them, medications like inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists aren't enough to keep them out of the hospital.

Read more
Health/Science
4:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Parkland Names LSU Hospital Official Its CEO Finalist

Fred Cerise has been an associate dean at LSU's School of Medicine in New Orleans.
Louisiana State University

Parkland Health & Hospital System has named Dr. Fred Cerise as finalist to serve as chief executive officer of Dallas County's public hospital.

Cerise headed Louisiana State University’s charity hospital system, with 10 hospitals and related clinics, before Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration struck deals that turned over management of most facilities to outside companies.

The KERA radio story.

Read more

Pages