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Laura Kiesel

Health Writer


Chronic pain, Health disparities


SUNY New Paltz, University of Vermont


One of my biggest passions is sharing information and news about health-related topics to the public in ways that are engaging, educational, and enlightening. I hope that through my writing and reporting I can debunk myths and stereotypes and elevate science and facts in ways that also advance equity and access for everyone.

— Laura Kiesel


Laura Kiesel is a long-time writer and reporter whose pieces have often focused on health and the environment (and the intersection of the two). In particular, she has extensively covered topics related to impacts of climate change and toxins on public health, chronic pain, and health and healthcare disparities along gender, racial, and socio-economic lines.

Her articles, essays, and op-eds have appeared in many prestigious publications and outlets, including The Atlantic, The Guardian, the Washington Post, Politico, Vice, Vox, Ozy, Inside Climate News, Science, Salon, Healthline, Headspace, and Harvard Health.


Laura has a Master's degree (M.Sc.) in environmental science and policy from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor's degree in English and journalism from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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