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Suzanne Bohan

Suzanne Bohan is an accomplished health and science journalist, with an expertise in covering health inequities. From 2000 to 2012 she covered science and health issues for the largest newspaper chain in the San Francisco region, the Bay Area News Group. The chains’ newspapers include the San Jose Mercury NewsContra Costa Times, and Oakland Tribune. Bohan has won nearly 20 journalism awards, including the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Association Edgar A. Poe award for the series “Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters” on why life expectancies vary so dramatically between nearby neighborhoods. She previously worked for the Sacramento Bee, and the Los Angeles TimesWashington Post, Boston Globe, Miami HeraldSan Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers nationwide have also published her work.

She’s the past president of the Northern California Science Writers Association. Bohan has a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from San Francisco State University. She interned at CNN and worked in radio, but decided to focus her career on print media. She lives in Northern California with her husband and her energetic Sheltie.

Twenty Years of Life

Twenty Years of Life

Why the Poor Die Earlier and How to Challenge Inequity

In Twenty Years of Life, Suzanne Bohan exposes the disturbing flip side of the American dream: your health is largely determined by your zip code. The strain of living in a poor neighborhood, with sub-par schools, lack of parks, fear of ...