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Ben Harder is the general manager of health and science at U.S. News & World Report, where he oversees projects such as the Best Hospitals rankings.

He also contributes to the Washington Post's "How and Why" science column.

From 2001 to 2007, he was a medical reporter and, later, the web editor at Science News. One of his Science News features was anthologized in Best American Science Writing 2005.

Ben's articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Discover, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Slate, and USA Today.

In the '90s, Ben worked for the Let's Go travel guides as a correspondent in Southeast Asia, a guidebook editor and eventually the company's editor in chief.

Since joining U.S. News in 2007, Ben has at turns served its magazine and website as a health editor, science editor, and senior director of business development.



U.S. News & World Report (read the stories)
Science News (read some of the stories)
Popular Mechanics (read the stories)
Popular Science (read the story)
Slate (read the story)


Los Angeles Times (read the stories)
USA Today (read the stories)
The Washington Post (read the stories)

Websites & Wire Services

National Geographic News
(read the stories)
Science magazine's ScienceNOW
Reuters Health

Books & Guidebooks

Best American Science Writing 2005
(HarperCollins; contributor; read the story as it appeared in Science News)
The Brazil Guide 2005
(Bei Editora; consulting editor)
U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges (contributor)
U.S. News & World Report: Best Graduate Schools (contributor)
The New Book of Knowledge (Grolier; contributing editor)
Letís Go, Inc. (editor in chief, 1998-1999)
Letís Go: New York City 2000 (St. Martin's Press; managing editor)
Letís Go: Alaska & the Pacific Northwest 2000 (managing editor)
Letís Go: South Africa 1999 (managing editor)
Letís Go: Central America 1999 (managing editor)
Letís Go: Southeast Asia 1999 (managing editor)
Letís Go: Florence Map Guide (editor)
Letís Go: Australia 1998 (editor)
Letís Go: Southeast Asia 1997 (contributor; read NY Times account)
The Unofficial Guide to Life at Harvard 1996-97 (contributor)


The New York Times Company Foundation
"Exploring the Brain" Journalism Institute

(December 2003)

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Public Health Journalism Fellowship at CDC

(June-September 2002)