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)

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

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)

“Billionaires in the great beyond: UCR scientists weigh in on the first successful civilian trip to space, and the ethics of being a billion-dollar rocket man,” by Jules Bernstein, Holly Ober, Iqbal Pittalwala, and John Warren, UCR Media Relations, July 14, 2021.

“Delta variant’s rise plunges Europe into uncertainty — and offers a warning to the U.S,” Melissa Rossi, Yahoo! News, July 13, 2021.

“Hospitalizations surge in Mississippi due to Delta variant, health officials say,” by Thao Ta, WJTV News, July 7, 2021.

“Online activism is spilling into the streets of Southern California, sparking a post-Trump movement,” by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, June 29, 2021.

“Younger kids: To vax or not to vax? That is the question,” by Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, June 27, 2021.

“Being vaccinated isn’t a private matter. It’s everyone’s business,” by Marion Renault, The New Republic, June 21, 2021.

“John Stockton featured in anti-vaccine film questioning COVID-19,” by Arielle Dreher, Spokesman-Review, June 18, 2021.

“Why are so few people getting vaccinated in the Inland Empire?” by Ryan Hagen and Steve Scauzillo, Press-Enterprise, June 18, 2021.

“Celebrities are advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine on social media. Is it working?” by Abby Haglage, Yahoo! News, June 9, 2021.

“COVID-19 vaccine progress impressive, but ‘herd immunity’ a long way off,” by Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, May 5, 2021.

“Here’s why Riverside, San Bernardino counties don’t expect to reach yellow tier before state reopens,” by Ryan Hagen, Press-Enterprise, May 21, 2001.

“Temecula Councilmember Jessica Alexander defends Rosa Parks, ‘China Virus’ comments,” by Jeff Horseman, Press-Enterprise, May 21, 2021.

Interviewed by WCVB Boston (ABC affiliate) regarding racial-ethnic and geographic inequities in COVID-19 vaccinations throughout Massachusetts, May 21, 2021.

“The new mask guidance relies on an honor system. Do we trust each other enough to make it work?” by Marisa Iati, Washington Post, May 15, 2021.

“Inside one network cashing in on vaccine disinformation,” by Michelle R. Smith & Johnatan Reiss, Associated Press, May 13, 2021.

“Sohn: Please, folks, get your COVID-19 shot as soon as possible,” by Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 12, 2021.

“Vaccination rates continue falling in Hamilton County, threatening herd immunity and prolonging COVID-19 pandemic,” by Wyatt Massey, Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 8, 2021.

“OC Board of Education revises untrue statement, deletes reference to county health official,” by Roxana Kopetman, Orange County Register, May 6. 2021.

“Orange County School Board perpetuates false idea about mandatory vaccines for students,” by Roxana Kopetman, Orange County Register, May 4, 2021.

“Which ethnic groups are most eager to get vaccinated in Southern California counties?” by Teri Sforza, Orange County Register,

“More dangerous COVID-19 variants spread as vaccines remains scarce abroad,” by Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, April 30, 2021.

“What started as group of anti-vax moms led by Stockton woman is now ‘Mamalitia,’” by Marissa Perlmann, CBS News Sacramento, April 29, 2021.

“This mom protested vaccines, then started a ‘militia.’ How California extremism is changing,” by Hannah Wiley, Sacramento Bee, April 29, 2021.

“Will lessons learned from this pandemic soften the blow during the next one?” by Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, April 25, 2021.

“How Inland counties are trying to get more people vaccinated,” by Ryan Hagen, Press-Enterprise, April 24, 2021.

“Doctor: Pause of J&J vaccine could teach us lessons but hurt vulnerable populations,” by Veronica Marshall and Jackie Winchester, WINK News, April 16, 2021.

“As California expands vaccine eligibility, some counties say supply and scheduling still a problem,” Sammy Caiola, Jefferson Public Radio, April 16, 2021.

“Only 30% of L.A. County men got COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 44% of women. Why the disparity?” by Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2021.  

“UCR experts discuss the J&J vaccine ‘pause,’” by Iqbal Pittalwala, UCR Media Relations, April 15, 2021.

“COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy begins to fade, but stubborn resistance remains among evangelicals,” by Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, April 11, 2021.

“Are we declaring pandemic over too fast? State’s June 15 deadline for reopening splits experts,” David Rosenfeld & Alicia Robinson, Orange County Register, April 7, 2021.

“Most of state’s COVID-19 restrictions expected to disappear June 15,” Alicia Robinson, Orange County Register, April 7, 2021.

“Southern California’s public health leadership turned over during coronavirus pandemic,” Jeff Horseman, Press-Enterprise, March 26, 2021.

“This is the dawning of the age of the vaccine passport: UCR experts look at the potential impact of the passports, which are likely to permeate travel, education, and the workplace,” John Warren, Holly Ober, & Iqbal Pittalwala, UCR University Communications, March 25, 2021.

“Why Europe’s AstraZeneca vaccine fumble could be bad news for the U.S.,” Melissa Rossi, Yahoo! News, March 20, 2021.

“Pandemic provided a crash course in science. What lessons have we learned?” Teri Sforza, OC Register, March 18, 2021.

“Activists Fueling Concerns About COVID Vaccine Safety,” Christine Lehmann, WebMD, March 16, 2021.

“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.