Jane Greenhalgh

Jane Greenhalgh is a senior producer on NPR's Science Desk.

She produces the weekly "Your Health" segment on NPR's Morning Edition and on NPR's health blog "Shots." Greenhalgh also produces stories on science, health, and global health across NPR's many platforms. She was part of the team of broadcast, digital, and multimedia journalists who produced the 2015 award-winning series #15Girls, which examined the struggles teenage girls face throughout the developing world. Greenhalgh's story, Banished to the Shed, was one of NPR's most listened to and viewed stories of 2015.

Greenhalgh has twice won the National Academies of Science Communication award—the highest honor in science journalism—for her work on NPR's 2014 series, The human microbiome: guts and glory, and the 2009 series, Climate Connections. She traveled extensively for this year-long, multiplatform project examining how climate change is affecting people across the globe. From Timbuktu, where the desert nomads are giving up their way of life, to Peru, where potato farmers are moving their crops higher up the mountain, and to Bangladesh, where scientists are experimenting with drought and flood resistant rice, the stories Greenhalgh produced chronicled the impact of climate change.

Jane has also traveled extensively covering health issues in developing countries, including cholera in Haiti, polio in Indonesia, tuberculosis in Kenya, AIDS in India, malaria in the Gambia, malnutrition in Bolivia, and menstrual health in Nepal.

Before joining the Science Desk in 1995, Greenhalgh was the Senior Producer of NPR's All Things Considered on the weekends, overseeing the show during the first Persian Gulf War, the siege of Sarajevo, the release of Nelson Mandela, the fall of the Berlin wall, and other major news events. She started her career at NPR in 1990 as the Associate Producer and Director of All Things Considered on the weekends, and served as overnight editor on Morning Edition. Previously, Jane was a reporter at Florida Public Radio in Tallahassee and worked as an assistant producer at BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Humberside.

Greenhalgh has an MA in Journalism from the University of Florida. She is a native of Great Britain and now lives in Oregon.

If there's one thing we're grateful for on Shots, it's our passionate, engaged audience. Our stories often prompt a lively response from readers and people who hear us on the radio. This was definitely the case with Monday's look at the use of permethrin-treated clothing to prevent tick bites, which can cause a lot of nasty diseases.

It's an unusually bad wild fire season in the West, and for weeks people across the region have been breathing air thick with smoke.

"There's smoke from Canada, smoke from Idaho, smoke from California and Montana. There's smoke everywhere," says Greg Svelund, a spokesman for Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality.

With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children.

"I have never smoked and would never smoke around my child," says one mother who lives in San Francisco. California is one of eight states that allows recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older.