Medical Reporting

American Medical Association President Dr. Gerald Harmon will share his advice for reporting on issues related to vaccines and mask mandates in an interview with CBS national correspondent Mola Lenghi. They will also discuss Dr. Harmon’s lengthy career of military service and important ideas about healthcare for veterans. This webinar is essential for all reporters, as questions about COVID-19 and its variants saturate today’s news coverage.

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#MVJ2021 Day 2

22

October

Medical Reporting


3:00 pm. – 4:00 pm (EST)

Presented by American Medical Association

Dr. Gerald Harmon

American Medical Association President

Gerald E. Harmon, MD is a retired Major General and the president of the American Medical Association.

Gerald E. Harmon, MD, a family medicine specialist having practiced for more than 30 years in coastal South Carolina, became 176th president of the American Medical Association in June 2021. He was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in June 2013 and elected board chair in 2018. In addition, Dr. Harmon also served as the secretary of the AMA in 2016.

In South Carolina Dr. Harmon has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman of the board and president. Dr. Harmon serves as a clinical professor at two of South Carolina’s medical schools and is a member of the clinical faculty for the Tidelands Health Family Medicine residency program while regularly precepting physicians in training.

He is a medical director for several organizations and volunteers as medical supervisor for his local school district’s 23 schools. He has also been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from his county’s Chamber of Commerce. At the state level he has served as secretary for the State Aeronautics Commission.

Before his retirement from the military as a major general, Dr. Harmon served the nation in the Air Force Reserve, on Active Duty, and in the Air National Guard holding responsibilities as chief physician for the National Guard Bureau and assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Dr. Harmon received his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from the University of South Carolina and, more recently, an honorary Doctorate of Public Service. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency training program in family medicine with the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base and is recognized as a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

During the rare times when not actively practicing medicine, Dr. Harmon and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time outdoors in their coastal hometown of Georgetown with their three married children and eight grandchildren.

Mola Lenghi

CBS National Correspondent

Mola Lenghi is a national correspondent for CBS News and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who will interview Dr. Harmon about best medical reporting practices.

Mola Lenghi is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a correspondent for CBS News based in New York City. Lenghi reports for all programs and platforms, including the “CBS Evening News,” “CBS Mornings,” and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service.

Lenghi began his career with CBS News in May 2017 as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for CBS Newspath, the 24/7 newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world. While at CBS News, Lenghi has covered a wide variety of national and international stories, including a series of deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic; the Trump administration; the ongoing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies selling opioids; the sexual abuse case against and eventual death of businessman Jeffrey Epstein; the government shutdown; the shooting of baseball great David Ortiz, and disastrous mudslides in California. He was also part of CBS News’ extensive coverage of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas and coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Before joining CBS Newspath, Lenghi spent three years as a general assignment reporter at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. Prior to WUSA-TV, Lenghi spent two years at KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he would report on stories that resonated nationally, such as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 people and the 2011 World Series.He began his broadcasting career at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He spent five years covering breaking news, including wild fires, hurricanes, presidential campaigns, debates and political scandals.

Lenghi earned an Emmy Award in 2015 for his reporting on the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old girl who disappeared in 2014 and has never been found. Lenghi was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, and grew up in Vienna, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Coastal Carolina University.

Mola Lenghi is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a correspondent for CBS News based in New York City. Lenghi reports for all programs and platforms, including the “CBS Evening News,” “CBS Mornings,” and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service.

Lenghi began his career with CBS News in May 2017 as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for CBS Newspath, the 24/7 newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world. While at CBS News, Lenghi has covered a wide variety of national and international stories, including a series of deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic; the Trump administration; the ongoing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies selling opioids; the sexual abuse case against and eventual death of businessman Jeffrey Epstein; the government shutdown; the shooting of baseball great David Ortiz, and disastrous mudslides in California. He was also part of CBS News’ extensive coverage of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas and coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Before joining CBS Newspath, Lenghi spent three years as a general assignment reporter at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. Prior to WUSA-TV, Lenghi spent two years at KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he would report on stories that resonated nationally, such as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 15 people and the 2011 World Series.He began his broadcasting career at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He spent five years covering breaking news, including wild fires, hurricanes, presidential campaigns, debates and political scandals.

Lenghi earned an Emmy Award in 2015 for his reporting on the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old girl who disappeared in 2014 and has never been found. Lenghi was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, and grew up in Vienna, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Coastal Carolina University.