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December 12, 2008

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National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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Using Multimedia to Communicate Science and Health News

Rea Blakey

Rea Blakey is host "Discovery Health: CME." The national TV program airing on Discovery Health Channel is targeted primarily to physicians and other health professionals, as well as other viewers interested in learning the latest cutting edge information about clinical medical issues. She also works as a professional media consultant specializing in creatively, strategically, and successfully developing and implementing media based messaging and programming.

Throughout her multiple Emmy winning career, Blakey has worked with countless national figures, medical, and advocacy organizations and private and government entities either as a journalist, media coach or consultant. While at CNN's Washington bureau, she was an award winning medical correspondent. Prior to joining CNN, Blakey spent 13 years at Washington, D.C.'s ABC affiliate as an award winning health producer, reporter and news anchor.

As a member of the media, Blakey has testified before a health care subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, served on numerous journalistic panels to improve public understanding of a variety of issues, including human aging, HIV-AIDS, a wide array of health and medical concerns. One year she was the only Washington TV journalist invited to Japan by an international leadership development group. She was a 1995 recipient of a Kaiser Foundation mini-fellowship to research complementary medicine. Her determined spirit resulted in a unique award winning series of TV news reports on business outreach efforts in China long before the giant nation opened its doors to the world.

Blakey has served as a speaker, host or panelist for several Fortune 500 companies, the Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Association for World Health Organizations, U.S. Administration on Aging and Alliance for Aging Research, among others.


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