Helen Palmer is managing producer of the independent public radio program, Living on Earth. After six months, she describes her job at this award-winning show as still somewhat of a mystery, and also a weighty challenge as it covers probably the most consequential beat in current radio journalism.
Palmer was the senior health desk correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace from 1998–2007, covering health and business. In 2000 the New England Chapter of the Medical Writers of America honored her with its Will Solimene Award of Excellence for the series, Wanted for Questioning: America's Most Profitable Drug Companies.
A native of England, she came to the U.S. in 1987 and began working as a freelance reporter for the BBC and NPR. In 1991, she joined Monitor Radio in Boston as a reporter specializing in international affairs, defense matters and culture. During six years at Monitor Radio, her roles included producing Early Edition and Midday Edition, hosting a daily news magazine on shortwave radio, and working as deputy host for Early Edition. She also co-hosted the award-winning live transatlantic special, The Balkans: Which Way Out?
Palmer began her broadcasting career in 1969 at the BBC, where she worked for 15 years as a reporter, producer, host and studio manager. A joint honors graduate in English and drama of the University of Bristol, UK, she has a working knowledge of French, German and Spanish, and in her free time gardens and keeps bees.