Age Boom Academy 2017 

Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism hosted the 2017 Age Boom Academy: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement at the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York City, June 8 – 10, 2017.

Each year, a selective process identifies Fellows who come together with researchers for an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop to learn how to effectively translate science into accessible reporting on the complex issues of inequities in health and work in older age.  During the Academy, journalist Fellows learn by interviewing assembled scientists and experts and by participating in story clinics led by researchers and senior journalists. Simultaneously, researchers learn how to communicate more effectively with journalists.

Fellows received the latest research concerning aging, health, and working longer. Some of the questions that were discussed this past June were: Is there a relationship between health and how long you work? How does this relationship change for people with different backgrounds or different jobs?  How does retirement affect cognitive and physical health?  Does this relationship change based on education, socioeconomic status, and civic engagement? What is the relationship between the kind of work you do, health, and how long you work?

See the “Reporting” section for recent articles written by the Fellows, answering these questions.

The Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

2017 Age Boom Academy Speakers:

Axel Börsch-Supan, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging
Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution
Kathleen Christensen, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Courtney Coile, Wellesley College
Jürgen Deller, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Ruth Finkelstein, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
Michael Giandrea, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Guillermo Ernest Gonzales, Boston University
Michael Hurd, RAND
Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center
Steven Reiner, Stony Brook University School of Journalism
Susann Rohwedder, RAND
Ursula M. Staudinger, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
Robert Willis, University of Michigan


Rich Eisenberg
Managing Editor
PBS Next Avenue

Chris Farrell
Senior Economics Contributor

Kerry Hannon
Freelance Journalist
New York Times, AARP

Carol Hymowtiz


Congratulations to our 2017 Age Boom Academy Fellows:

Eileen Ambrose
Senior Editor, Money Team
AARP publications

Sandra  Block
Senior Associate Editor
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Francisco Castro
Metro Editor
La Opinion Newspaper

Janet Cho
Business Reporter
The Plain Dealer

Lois M Collins
Reporter and Columnist
Deseret News

Lisa Gillespie
Health Care and Science Reporter
WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station

Peter Gosselin

Gretchen Grosky
Union Leader

Ruxandra Guidi
Freelance Journalist/Producer
Fonografia Collective (freelance): KCRW Public Radio, The World, Virginia Quarterly Review, High Country News

Emily Gurnon
Senior Editor, Health and Caregiving
PBS Next Avenue

Maria Ines Zamudio
AP NORC Fellow
Associated Press

Ina Jaffe

Katie Johnston
Boston Globe

Adrian Ma
Associate Producer
WNYC, Marketplace

Daniel Marans
The Huffington Post

Sonia Narang
Multimedia Journalist
PRI’s The World and News Deeply

Aimee Picchi
Business Journalist
CBS MoneyWatch, Consumer Reports

Joseph  Pisani
Business Journalist
Associated Press

Rachel Silverman
HR & Benefits Reporter
Freelance, Wall Street Journal

Ruth Simon
Senior Special Writer
The Wall Street Journal

Jenn Smith
Community Engagement Editor and Staff Reporter
The Berkshire Eagle/New England Newspapers Inc.

Ben Steverman
Finance reporter


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