On August 13, Dr. Anthony Fauci and experts from National Geographic and ABC News, as well as Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined us for an EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION on why the pandemic is wreaking havoc on communities, and the lessons we can learn from pandemics throughout history.

Opening Conversation

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio devoted to preventing, diagnosing, and treating infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Fauci has been a key advisor to six presidents and their administrations on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza.


Susan Goldberg

Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic magazine

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor, District of Columbia

Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Chief Medical Correspondent, ABC News

Richard Conniff

Contributing writer, National Geographic, The New York Times and more, and author of the upcoming book Ending Epidemics

Nsikan Akpan

Science Editor, National Geographic

Moderated By

Deborah Roberts

ABC News Correspondent

Deborah Roberts is an award-winning ABC News Correspondent for 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America and World News Tonight with David Muir. Roberts’ long-form reports on 20/20 have consistently produced extraordinary narratives, such as an intimate profile of First Lady Michelle Obama and first daughter Ivanka Trump. She was part of the historic coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Roberts has been awarded multiple Emmy awards for her international and national coverage of world events, including her poignant reporting on an Ethiopian-American woman’s emotional journey back to her African village to discover her long-lost mother.

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