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Rob Verger

Ethiopia 2014
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Rob Verger is an associate editor and the foreign coordinator at Newsweek. He frequently writes for Newsweek.com on topics related to science and health, and recent stories have focused on new research regarding Gulf War Illness, autism, malaria, and more. He is especially drawn to topics with an international or multicultural component, he wrote about the Sherpa tragedy on Mt. Everest in 2014. At Newsweek, he also works as liaison to the publication’s foreign partners, working closely with magazines like Newsweek Japan and Newsweek Pakistan. He received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, where he also taught undergraduate composition for two years. His work has also appeared in The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, and other publications.

Verger was awarded a prior fellowship with IRP, reporting from Kazakhstan in 2013. 


  • The Afterbirth Miracle

    It’s late June, but it’s chilly in Asella, Ethiopia—the city is higher in altitude than Denver—and the patients in the hospital are wrapped in...

  • Kangaroo Mother Care Could Save Millions of Lives in Poor Countries

    In a simple home in the village of Mosebo, Ethiopia—an earthen floor and walls made of wood and mud—a woman sat on a mattress on the floor with...

  • JFK’s Most Underrated Achievement

    The spot where the Soviet Union blew up its first atomic bomb is an expansive, gently rolling part of the steppe in northeastern Kazakhstan. Between 1949 and 1989, the Soviet Union conducted more than 450...

  • Preventing Pandemics

    The future home of the Central Reference Laboratory, a $102 million state-of-the-art center to secure biological agents that could be used as weapons of mass destruction, is located in the former Soviet Republic...

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