Media Engagement

I believe strongly in the importance of sharing my findings and expertise beyond the university campus. I engage frequently with journalists, community and government stakeholders, and the general public about my research and other topics related to public and population health, community issues, and the importance of research for informing policy (e.g., data access, evaluating evidence).

My comments to the media on these and many other topics have been featured in numerous local, national, and international outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, Vancouver Sun, CBC, La Croix (France), France 24 News, Arirang TV News (South Korea), as well as podcasts and radio shows.

See below for my:

  1. Op-eds and Public/Non-Academic Audience Writing
  2. Podcasts and Extended News Interviews
  3. Recent Expert Commentary I have provided to the media (print/digital and on-air)–full list found on my vita

1. Op-eds and Public/Non-Academic Audience Writing

Carpiano, Richard M. (2021, Spring). Beware the COVID-19 influencer: “Hot-take” culture has turned public health debate into a battlefield strewn with misinformation [Op-ed]. UCR Magazine. [also reprinted in Flux (June 2021):]

Carpiano, Richard M. & Rubinstein-Reiss, Dorit. (2020, May). Media coverage of shelter-in-place protest rallies: Anti-vaccine protests offer lessons for journalists and the public [Op-ed]. CalMatters.

Also published by The Times of San Diego as “Opinion: Media Must Report the Facts—Lockdown Protests Aren’t Representative.”

Hernandez, Elaine, Boen, Courtney, & Carpiano, Richard M. (2020, April). Inequities in COVID-19 are tragic, but preventable [Op-ed]. The Hill.

Carpiano, Richard M. (2019, May). Vaccine hesitancy is a health risk to us all [Op-ed]. Redlands Community News.

Carpiano, Richard M. & Chung, Jason. (2019). The best defense is a good offense: Why public health officials need to get tough on vaccination. Invited essay for The Deductible Blog.

Carpiano, Richard M. (2015). Demanding housing data is nerdy, logical, and Canadian. Invited commentary for journalist Douglas Todd’s Vancouver Sun newspaper blog.

*Discussed this commentary during an invited live interview with radio host Terry Moore (and listener call-ins) on CFAX 1070AM in Victoria, BC.

2. Podcasts and Extended News Interviews

“Voices of UCR” Podcast (May 19, 2022) to discuss “Public Health and Vaccine Hesitancy”:

UCR School of Public Policy “Policy Chats” Podcast (May 21, 2022) on “COVID-19: Moving Forward (with Dr. Richard Carpiano)”:

KCBS Radio (San Francisco, February 25, 2022) regarding Omicron BA.2 subvariant and CDC guidelines.

The Annex Podcast (February 14, 2022) on anti-vaccine beliefs and activism.

KCBS Radio (San Francisco, November 25, 2021) regarding how to safely enjoy Thanksgiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCR School of Public Policy Student Podcast (April 23, 2021). I discuss COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, vaccine passports, herd immunity, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause:

KCRW Press Play (March 30, 2021). I discuss COVID-19 vaccine passports.

USC Annenberg School Media’s Match Volume Podcast (March 27, 2021). I discuss the anti-vaccine movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Vaccine values with Richard Carpiano” (interviewed by Isaac Allen):

Rebel Without a Pause: The Bill Kalmenson Podcast (February 26, 2021), Episode #5 “Truth, Lies and Consequences with Professor Richard Carpiano

This Is What I’m Saying Podcast with Stephanie McGann Jantzen (January 21, 2021). I discuss the anti-vaccine movement, political extremism amidst the US Capitol violence, and disinformation as a social problem:

Arirang TV News (South Korea; December 27, 2020). I discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on US society and lessons learned. (appearing at 37:00)

3. Recent expert commentary I have provided to the media (print and on-air)

A few examples here…

“California’s state COVID testing sites begin to close,” by Monserrat Solis and Beau Yarbrough, Press-Enterprise, January 23, 2023.

“Southern California life expectancy shows huge gaps based on race, gender, county,” by Andre Mouchard, Orange County Register, January 22, 2023.

“China response is less visible, not less dangerous: UC Riverside expert says China has learned to be more secretive in how it punishes protestors,” by John Warren, UCR Media Relations, December 12, 2022.

“While monkeypox slowly increases in Orange County, experts worry possible COVID wave looms,” by Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC, September 26, 2022.

“People should still be cautious about COVID-19 ahead of possible fall surge,” by Natalia Gurevich, KCBS Radio San Francisco, September 9, 2022.

“Has the latest COVID-19 wave in the U.S. peaked?” by Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, US News and World Report, August 18, 2022.

“Inland Empire counties hit ‘high’ level of COVID-19 spread,” by David Downey, Press-Enterprise, July 22, 2022.

“No indoor mask mandate planned in Riverside, San Bernardino counties,” by David Downey, Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2022.

“End of pandemic outreach leaves some OC residents in a difficult spot,” by Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC, June 29, 2022

“Coronavirus cases climb in Inland Empire one year after state’s ‘reopening,’” by David Downey, Press-Enterprise, June 15, 2022.

“A major threat to the next pandemic: Vaccine hesitancy,” by Erika Edwards, NBC News, May 2, 2022.

“Orange County residents should expect, prepare for indefinite COVID waves,” by Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC, March 29, 2022.