Larry Tye

Director of the Health Coverage Fellowship

Larry manages the Foundation's Health Coverage Fellowship, which is designed to help the media do a better job covering critical health issues. Now in its 15th year, the Fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists from newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets from across the country on topics ranging from public health and mental health to expanding insurance coverage and controlling costs. 

Larry brings 20 years of journalism experience to the program, 15 of them as a medical and environmental writer at the Boston Globe, along with 12 years teaching journalism at Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, and Harvard. Before starting at the Globe in 1986, Larry was a reporter at the Anniston Star in Alabama and the Courier-Journal in Louisville. He is a past Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

He is also the author of six books: The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations, Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora, Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, and Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero. In July 2016, Random House released his latest book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. With Kitty Dukakis, Larry co-authored Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy.