During her career with at CNN, Elizabeth has provided viewers with in-person, on-the-scene accounts of the medical and human impact of natural and man-made disasters including reporting from Haiti after the earthquake, New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Virginia Tech following the student shootings, and New York City in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Cohen received a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a National Headliner Award in 2006 for "A Lesson Before Dying," a feature on the medical decisions made by a Georgia man at the end of his life. In 2007, Cohen was honored by the Newswomen's Club of New York and the New York Association of Black Journalists for the feature African-Americans and Bone Marrow Transplants. The Mental Health America Media Awards honored her in 2007 for Perfection Obsession, a feature focusing on a teen's battle against obsessive-compulsive disorder. In 2008, Cohen received a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television for Where's Molly?, a feature on a man's search for his sister nearly 50 years after she was placed in a residential mental health institution.
Before joining CNN in 1991, Elizabeth was associate producer of Green Watch, an environmental television program on WLVI in Boston, a reporter for States News Service in Washington, D.C., and a reporter for the The Times Union newspaper in Albany, N.Y., where she won a Hearst Award.
Cohen is the recipient of the outstanding alumna award from Columbia College in New York City, where she received a bachelor's degree in history, and the Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University where she earned a master's degree in public health.
- Women in the Workplace: Leaning in Without Falling Down
Is it possible to lean into your career without having everything fall apart at home? Elizabeth Cohen, a 23-year CNN veteran and mother of four, says absolutely yes. While it isn't always easy, especially if you can't afford a full-time nanny and cook, Cohen uses her personal experience to show it's possible as long as you have realistic expectations both personally and professionally. Cohen shares her tricks for leaning in without falling down - one of which is to have a sense of humor when life seems overwhelming.
- The Empowered Patient
CNN senior medical correspondent and speaker Elizabeth Cohen is passionate about helping doctors and patients navigate our imperfect medical system. Today, doctors are more rushed than ever and nurses often have too many patients in their care, making medical errors more prevalent. Cohen, author of The Empowered Patient and host of the show 25 Shocking Medical Mistakes, explains how patients can take control of their healthcare and become advocates for themselves and their families. Using her own personal stories as examples, Cohen points out the basic skills needed for achieving the best medical care.
- Pleasing Patients in the New Healthcare World
What do patients want? This question becomes more important than ever under Obamacare, which financially rewards doctors and hospitals for making patients happy. Based on hundreds of interviews with Washington insiders, advocates, and patients, speaker Elizabeth Cohen, author of The Empowered Patient, shows how pleasing patients can powerfully affect your bottom line. A 20-year veteran of CNN, Cohen hones in on the patient's perception of care, highlighting which areas of quality and safety matter most.
- Navigating Healthcare Reform
Our complex new healthcare system presents challenges for companies, insurers, physicians, and patients. CNN senior medical correspondent and speaker Elizabeth Cohen explains the effects of the new law and how each sector will be impacted. Cohen, an expert on healthcare reform who's covered The Affordable Care Act from the legislative debate in 2009 to current implementation, has conducted hundreds of investigative interviews and can synthesize and distill the act's thousands of pages into pragmatic steps you need to take as reform is put in place.