A radio reporter regains his voice

© iStockphoto.com/Jana Blašková

© iStockphoto.com/Jana Blašková

For Richard Harris, a longtime NPR reporter and former NASW president, a paralyzed vocal cord became fodder for a post about his sudden illness, its diagnosis, and — one now hopes — its cure: "Being a science reporter, of course I dived into the medical literature to see what was up. It turns out that good statistics are hard to come by on how frequently Americans suffer from this condition, unilateral vocal fold paralysis." With recordings before, during, and after.