*Rikers Island and Prison Health

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May 26th, 7:30, ABC No Rio

Paul von Zielbauer of the New York Times and former Rikers medical director Dr. Robert L. Cohen discuss prison health care and the role of journalism in bringing human rights issues to light.

Free; followed by wine reception and discussion.


Dr. Robert L. Cohen was the DIrector of the Montefiore Rikers Island Health Services from 1982 through 1986.  He is currently appointed by Federal Courts to monitor medical care in Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Connecticut.   

Paul von Zielbauer began covering jails and prisons for The New York Times's Metro desk in 2003. Prior to that, he covered Connecticut as The Times's bureau chief in Hartford. He got his Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University in 1988 and started his reporting career at the City News Bureau of Chicago in 1993. After spending a few months riding a bicycle from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vienam, where he taught himself Vietnamese, he graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1996. He lived for a year in Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar writing about the changing nature of Germany's citizenship laws, and, as a freelance reporter for Newsday, spent two weeks in Belgrade covering the student-led protests against the government of Slobodan Milosevic that eventually brought down the Stalinist government. He spent a year coverning environmental issues for the Times Union in Albany and joined The Times in 1999 as a general assignment reporter.