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Dr. Richard Besser, who drew on his medical background to cover major health care stories in an award-winning career as a TV journalist, will speak next week at Oregon State University.

Besser will present “A View from Both Sides of the Camera: Using Television to Promote Public Health” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. His talk, part of the Provost’s Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Trained as a physician, Besser served as administrator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and directed the CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Prevention and Emergency Response.

He has covered the recent Ebola outbreak and other major medical stories for ABC, where his work won two Peabody Awards. In 2011, he received an Emmy nomination for a piece on umbilical cord blood banking.

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