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CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Receive University of Kansas’s Top Journalism Award

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Receive University of Kansas’s Top Journalism Award

  • The practicing neurosurgeon and Atlanta native is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and best-selling author.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been selected to receive the 2022 William Allen White Foundation National Citation. The award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding journalistic service, comes from a vote of the trustees of the William Allen White Foundation. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, will accept the award in person on William Allen White Day, which is April 21 on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Gupta has been on every news segment on CNN and CNN International, almost every day, providing information, advice and analysis about all things COVID-19. Undoubtedly, he is America’s doctor during the most serious healthcare crisis the country has ever encountered.

During his reporting in the pandemic, Gupta has been privy to insider and behind-the-scenes news, including exclusive conversations with the world’s top public health experts and scientists working on finding treatments and cures. That information resulted in his latest book, “World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One.”

A multiple Emmy-winning journalist, Gupta, who began his career at CNN in 2001, just months before 9/11, is probably the most visible and internationally recognized medical correspondent. He may well be the most recognized ethnic Indian journalist in the world.

Since then he has covered some of the major health stories nationally and globally. In the fall of 2001, he broke several stories regarding the anthrax attacks. In 2003, he embedded with the U.S. Navy’s “Devil Docs” medical unit in Iraq and Kuwait. In 2005, he contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He won a News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story in 2006 for his “Charity Hospital” coverage for Anderson Cooper 360°. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, accompanying them on life-saving rescue missions in Afghanistan.

A year later, he reported on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which he was awarded two Emmys. He also contributed to the network’s 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2018, Gupta co-hosted “Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis,” for which he won another Emmy.

Over the last few years, Gupta has focused on long-form reporting. He is the host of the CNN Original Series “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” which follows Gupta’s travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier and happier. Gupta also stars in the HBO Original Documentary “One Nation Under Stress,” which examines why life expectancy is declining in the United States. His enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” for which he received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

He is the author of four New York Times best-selling books, “Chasing Life” (2007), “Cheating Death” (2009), “Monday Mornings” (2012) and “Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain” (2020).

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He is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery. In 2019, Gupta was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the medical field.

Gupta grew up in Novi, Michigan, located on the outskirts of Detroit. His parents, Subhash and Damayanti Gupta moved to the U.S. from India and worked at the Ford Motor Company. His mother, who was 5 during the 1947 Partition, lived in a refugee camp before moving to India. She was the first female engineer hired by the auto manufacturing giant in August 1967.

He is married to attorney Rebecca Olson Gupta. The couple lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has three daughters – Soleil Asha, Sage Ayla and Sky Anjali.

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