About RHJ

Radio Health Journal is an energetic, entertaining, highly-produced, contemporary radio magazine with two major stories weekly.  Each week, Radio Health Journal features interviews with guests that have expertise and real-world experience regarding current issues in health and medicine. The program is aired on close to 500 radio stations throughout the country. Sign-up to become an affiliate here.

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Meet the hosts

Nancy Benson

Nancy was one of the founding hosts of Radio Health Journal when the program debuted in 1992. A former news reporter/anchor for WMAQ radio in Chicago, she has won numerous awards for reporting. Since joining the faculty of the University of Illinois, where she is Professor of Journalism, Benson has also become heavily involved in training journalists internationally. Previously, she worked in Rome as a public affairs consultant with the United Nations World Food Program.

Shel Lustig

Shel began his career in informational radio programming at Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ, where he was a longtime host and producer of news magazine programs. At the PIA Radio Network, he produced Health Care and PIA Public Affairs before co-founding MediaTracks Communications, producer of Radio Health Journal. Lustig has won awards from organizations as varied as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Education Writers Association and the International Radio Festival of New York.

Meet the producer

Reed Pence

Reed has been reporting on medicine since 1983, when he became host/producer of the Associated Press Radio Network’s daily health feature. He later joined the PIA Radio Network as a producer of its programs Health Care and PIA Public Affairs. Since 1992, Pence has been host and lead producer of Radio Health Journal. He is winner of numerous national and regional media awards from groups such as the Chicago Headline Club/Society of Professional Journalists, the Board of Directors of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MADD, and the National Hearing Conservation Association. Pence is a Kappa Tau Alpha honors graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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