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About Us: Goats And Soda

Goats and Soda is NPR's global health and development blog. We tell stories of life in our changing world, focusing on low- and middle-income countries — also referred to as the Global South. And we keep in mind that we're all neighbors in this global village.

We've won awards for our coverage of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the lives of 15-year-old girls around the world and the revolutionary project in Kenya called "No Sex for Fish." We are always looking for innovations and technology that makes life better. And yes, we occasionally write about goats!

If you're curious about our name, Goats and Soda, the inspiration came from a team member who'd spent time in Africa and said everywhere he went he saw goats — and soda. Here's the story.

Our team is based out of NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. We are:

Nurith Aizenman, correspondent @aizenglobe

Jason Beaubien, correspondent @jasonbnpr

Ben de la Cruz, multimedia editor @bendelacruz

Michaeleen Doucleff, correspondent @FoodieScience

Marc Silver, digital editor @MarcSilver1

Vikki Valentine, senior editor @valentinevikki

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Marc Silver
Marc Silver, who edits NPR's global health blog, has been a reporter and editor for the Baltimore Jewish Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Geographic. He is the author of Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond and co-author, with his daughter, Maya Silver, of My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens. The NPR story he co-wrote with Rebecca Davis and Viola Kosome -- 'No Sex For Fish' — won a Sigma Delta Chi award for online reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.