© 2023 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910.343.1640
News Classical 91.3 Wilmington 92.7 Wilmington 96.7 Southport
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
WHQR's tower site is undergoing maintenance over the next few weeks. 91.3 FM will occasionally operate at low power to protect the safety of workers onsite. If you have trouble receiving us on your radio you can listen online at WHQR-dot-org, through our app or on your smart speaker.

MacArthur Award Winner Says He Carries The Weight Of Ending The Pandemic On His Shoulders

Trevor Bedford. (Courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
Trevor Bedford. (Courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Awards announcement on Tuesday marks the 40th year the group has given out its awards, fondly known as its “genius” grants.

Trevor Bedford is a computational virologist and professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

His crowd-sourced work on tracking not only where viruses are, but also how quickly they mutate, has proven critical in understanding the nature, danger and trajectory of COVID-19.

Host Robin Young talks to Bedford about his work and the pressure he feels to stop the pandemic.

Here & Now will be checking in this week with various MacArthur Fellows.

Watch on YouTube.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.