Tom Linden

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Tom Linden


Primary function: Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Medical Journalism
Office: Carroll 328
E-mail: linden@unc.edu
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Bio: Dr. Tom Linden teaches courses in medical and science journalism for undergraduate and graduate students and is director of the Medical and Science Journalism Master’s Program. His mission is to train science and medical reporters to work across all media platforms to better communicate with the public on a variety of medical, science and environmental issues.

Linden is the author of “The New York Times Reader: Health & Medicine,” published in 2011 by CQ Press. The book is a compendium of more than 50 stories from The New York Times, featuring condensed interviews with Times reporters and a how-to manual for aspiring medical and health reporters.

For the last 18 years, he has been the medical anchor for “NEJM Journal Watch Audio General Medicine,” distributed bimonthly by the Audio-Digest Foundation and the NEJM Group, a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Linden also is author of a chapter, “Medical Reporting for the Electronic Media,” in the 2005 edition of the “Health Writer’s Handbook” (Blackwell Publishing) by Barbara Gastel. Linden co-authored “Dr. Tom Linden’s Guide to Online Medicine” (McGraw-Hill), one of the first consumer guides for medical resources on the Internet.

Linden started in professional journalism as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times while an undergraduate student at Yale University. Following graduation from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, he completed an internship at Herrick Hospital in Berkeley, Calif., and a residency in adult and child psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan.

He began his television work in 1986 as medical reporter and eventually news anchor for KCPM, the NBC affiliate for Chico-Redding, Calif. In 1989 at the launch of CNBC, Linden became the network’s first health and science correspondent and a business news anchor. He later was a reporter and talk show host for the Financial News Network; medical reporter for KRON-TV, the then NBC affiliate in San Francisco; and medical editor for Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. From 1991 to 1993, he was co-anchor of Physicians’ Journal Update, the flagship news program for the Lifetime Medical Television Network.

Linden has served as president of the National Association of Medical Communicators, formerly National Association of Physician Broadcasters, and taught on the faculty of the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conference for 18 years.