How many people in the U.S. die of antibiotic-resistant infections? It seems like a simple question. But when a team of journalists from Reuters set out to gather the numbers, they realized that the answer would be anything but straightforward. They found out no one was properly keeping track of how many people die from these “superbugs” every year. On this episode, Deborah Nelson, Ryan McNeill and Yasmeen Abutaleb discuss their reporting process, from death certificate text analysis to interviewing loved ones left behind.
Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read Reuters’ investigation into deadly “superbugs”
- Learn more about how Reuters deconstructed the CDC’s estimates
- Members only: Browse the IRE tipsheets on investigating healthcare.
Kara Tabor produced this episode. Daniela Vidal is our host. Episode artwork by Blake Nelson. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.
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