Media Commentaries and Coverage of Research


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:

UBC Killam Research Fellowship Award Feature This video about me highlights my  receipt of a 2015 UBC Killam Research Fellowship Award that supported my 2015-16 sabbatical research.

Can Honorific Awards Give Us Clues about the Connection between Socioeconomic Status and Mortality? Podcast interview with Bruce G. Link and me for our American Sociological Review article with Margaret M. Weden.


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

“Catholic Church’s direction on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine raises questions,” Deepa Bharath, OC Register, March 11, 2021.

“Will steering vaccine to disadvantaged areas stop COVID-19?” Luke Money, Soumya Karlamangla, Melissa Healy, Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2021.

“Inland Empire political protests hit the road during coronavirus pandemic,” Jeff Horseman, Press-Enterprise, February 26, 2021.

“Black and Latino residents in L.A. lag behind in COVID-19 vaccines,” Jaclyn Cosgrove, Soumya Karlamangla, Colleen Shalby, Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2021.

“Experts weigh in on whether COVID-19 is here to stay,” Iqbal Pittalwala, UCR News, February 17, 2021.

“The frantic race to curb racial inequities in L.A. COVID-19 vaccine distribution,” Ruben Vives, Jaclyn Cosgrove, & Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2021   

Interviewed by KCAL 9 CBS Los Angeles for a televised news segment regarding the impacts of Long COVID, February 10, 2021.

“Months after fighting coronavirus, some now face heart, lung or neurological problems,” Beau Yarbrough & Teri Sforza, Press-Enterprise, February 6, 2021.

“A new front in the anti-vaccine fight emerges in California,” Manny Fernandez, New York Times, February 6, 2021.

“Public health expert says influencers should step back,” Iqbal Pittalwala & John Warren, UCR News, February 3. 2021.  

“For seniors of color, improving access to vaccine is key,” Nadra Nittle, California Health Report, February 3, 2021.

“COVID-19 vaccine skeptics energizing anti-vaccine movement, experts fear,” Craig Schneider, Newsday, January 31, 2021.

“Anti-vaccine activists peddle theories that Covid-19 shots are deadly, undermining vaccination,” Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News (published on CNN website), January 25. 2021. 

“‘On the cusp of great things’: Dozens of other COVID vaccines working their way to public,” Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, January 24, 2021.

“Riverside County sees COVID-19 cases skyrocket,” Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2021.    

“Some health care workers snub COVID vaccines in campaign’s sluggish start,” Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, January 6, 2021. 

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


Examples of Print, Radio, TV, & Other Media Coverage of Solo & Co-authored Research

Suffer the children: The anti-vaxxing stigma,” by Martha Perkins, Vancouver Courier, May 28, 2017.

“Unvaccinated Children Face Stigma And Prejudice” (Radio Appearance) Simi Sara Show, CKNW, May 23, 2017.

Vaccination and Public Perception (TV News Clip), Global News BC, May 23, 2017.

“Kids who aren’t vaccinated stigmatized more than their parents: study,” by Camille Bains, published in The Globe and Mail, May 23, 2017.

“Les enfants non vaccinés font face à plus de jugement que leurs parents,” by Camille Bains, published in Huffington Post Quebec, May 23, 2017

“Anti-vaccination moms judged harshly, UBC study finds,” by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, May 23, 2017

Beyond bricks and mortar, cities can be equalizers,” by Vafa Valapour and Aubrilyn Reeder, Newsweek Middle East, May 9, 2017.

Vaccination rates too low for ‘herd immunity’ in most Vancouver-area schools, study finds,” by Lisa Johnson. CBC News British Columbia, November 15, 2016.

Study finds low childhood vaccination rates in Metro Vancouver’s wealthiest, poorest neighbourhoods,” by Liza Yuzda. CKNW News, November 15, 2016.

Kindergarten vaccination rates much lower on North Shore: study,” by Ben Miljure. CTV News, November 15, 2016.

Low kindergarten vaccination rates in parts of Metro Vancouver a public health concern: UBC study,” by Jon Azpiri. Global News BC, November 15, 2016.

Metro Vancouver’s richer communities have fewer vaccinated kids: study,” by Jill Drews. News 1130, November 15, 2016.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual Canadians report higher rates of mental health issues,” Medical Xpress, March 18, 2016.

Gay Canadians face higher rates of mental health issues,” by Max Ramsay, GT (Gay Times), March 19, 2016.

Senior men eat fewer fruit and vegetables, UBC study finds,” by Randy Shore. Vancouver Sun, July, 8, 2015.

The Good Neighbor Policy May Interfere With Oral Health,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website, April 22, 2013.

MSFHR-supported study asks if winners live longer,” Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research website, March 20, 2013.

Losers revenge: Presidents and Hall of Famers don’t live longer,” by Geoffrey Mohan. Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2013.

Winners Live Longer — Or Do They? (STUDY),Huffington Post, March 12, 2013.

How winning an Emmy can add three years to your life… but being President can reduce it by five,” by Damien Gayle