Radio Health Journal

5:30 – 6 am (Sundays)

Listen to Radio Health Journal to get the latest scoop on what’s trending in health, science and technology, and the intersection of medicine and public policy. Each week we speak with leading experts to break down the complex medical jargon and report on a timely topic. Did you know ecstasy could help to cure PTSD? What does “Medicare for All” really mean? These subjects and more with two stories weekly, plus Medical Notes – a short recap of the top medical headlines in the news.

Hosted by Reed Pence, Nancy Benson and Shel Lustig. New shows posted each Sunday by 5 a.m. EST. Subscribe and listen, and find out more info at Also, check out the latest on Instagram at radiohealthjournal and on Twitter at RadioHealthJrnl.

Radio Health Journal is an award-winning, contemporary radio magazine focusing on the latest in health, science, and technology. Featuring interviews with renowned medical experts, doctors, scientists, and professors, Radio Health Journal has a 25+ year track record of providing you with information you can trust. Radio Health Journal is currently airing on 600+ radio stations and available on your favorite podcast platform.

Meet the producer & hosts


Reed has been reporting on medicine since 1983, when he became host/producer of the Associated Press Radio Network’s daily health feature. Since 1992, Pence has been host and lead producer of Radio Health Journal. His work has won numerous local and national awards. He was part of a team sharing the National Award for Enterprise Reporting from the Associated Press and is a seven-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club.


Nancy is one of the founding hosts of Radio Health Journal when the program debuted in 1992. She continues to host the program to this day. A former news reporter/anchor for WMAQ radio in Chicago, she has won numerous awards for reporting. Since joining the faculty of the University of Illinois, where she is Professor of Journalism, Benson has also become heavily involved in training journalists internationally. Previously, she worked in Rome as a public affairs consultant with the United Nations World Food Program.


Shel began his career in informational radio programming at Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ, where he was a longtime host and producer of news magazine programs. At the PIA Radio Network, he produced Health Care and PIA Public Affairs before co-founding MediaTracks Communications. Lustig has won awards from organizations as varied as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Education Writers Association, and the International Radio Festival of New York.