Kate Murphy


    Kate Murphy is a writer and producer for Yahoo News, covering domestic and global news. Before joining the Yahoo team in 2016, she was a producer at Al Jazeera America and Cablevision. Before coming to the New York City area in 2011, Murphy was a video producer for network affiliates in Syracuse, NY, where she grew up and developed a tolerance for the cold and snow.

  • Is birth control threatened in a post-Roe America?

    On June 24, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas released a concurring opinion in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, raising additional concerns about a person’s right to privacy within the context of reproductive rights. Miranda Yaver, assistant professor of political science at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and Dr. Nisha Verma, Darney-Landy fellow at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, spoke to Yahoo News about how the threat to a person’s right to privacy could also affect access to emergency contraception and birth control in the U.S. after Roe v. Wade .

  • President of gun control group says Biden can take these 4 actions without Congress

    With new calls for gun control laws at the federal level, and a potential bipartisan deal on gun safety measures in the making, Kris Brown, president of Brady United, a nonprofit organization that advocates for stricter gun control, told Yahoo News there are actions President Biden can take if Congress ultimately fails to pass new legislation.

  • What can an AR-15 do to the human body? A trauma surgeon explains.

    Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, a pediatric trauma surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine, told Yahoo News that injuries from an AR-15 style rifle are “almost unsurvivable, essentially,” because of the significant damage the bullets cause to the victims.

  • How do rape and incest exceptions work in state abortion bans?

    More restrictive abortion laws may force sex-crime victims to navigate the complexities of proving that they are eligible for exceptions for rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother. This could be an especially daunting process for women who are already traumatized by their assault.

  • Human Rights Watch urges Russia and Ukraine to stop cluster munitions

    Russian forces have used cluster munitions to attack Ukraine at least six times since their invasion started, and Ukraine is believed to have used them at least once, according to a report from Human Rights Watch, which is urging both countries to join the international treaty to ban their use.

  • Medication abortion: 6 things to know

    More than half of recent abortions in the U.S. were carried out by medication abortion. The Food and Drug Administration permanently allowed patients to obtain abortion pills through telehealth and mail delivery in December 2021, but accessibility still depends on which state a patient lives in.

  • Could Russia's Victory Day be a milestone for the war in Ukraine?

    The Russian national holiday on May 9 celebrates the historical victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II. To help explain the significance of Victory Day and the impact it could have on the war in Ukraine, research analyst Julian G. Waller spoke to Yahoo News.

  • What to consider before taking off your mask on public transit or planes

    After a judge struck down the federal mask mandate on planes and public transportation, many Americans cheered, while others wondered whether it is safe to go without facial coverings while traveling. For guidance on mask wearing, Yahoo News spoke to medical contributor Dr. Lucy McBride.

  • COVID-19 'long-haulers' don't want to be forgotten as the U.S. goes 'back to normal'

    "Long COVID" has remained a perplexing problem for the medical community — and an exasperating one for millions of Americans who are left in limbo, their personal and professional identities stolen from them, not feeling like the same people they were pre-COVID.

  • 'In a few days, everything changed': A photojournalist documents life on the frontline in Ukraine

    Photojournalist Fabio Bucciarelli has been on the ground in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began. He says there are some notable differences between this conflict and the many he’s covered in the past — such as the speed with which the invasion has upended the lives of Ukrainians.

  • Why the U.S. fears Russia's potential use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine

    To understand how chemical and biological weapons work, why they’re controversial and the kind of destruction they cause, Yahoo News spoke to Daniel Gerstein, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, an American global policy think tank.

  • Russia accused of using cluster munitions and vacuum bombs in Ukraine

    As Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, the U.S. has seen credible reports of deliberate use by Russia of cluster munitions and vacuum bombs. Here's what you need to know about these weapons.

  • How to follow the Supreme Court nomination process

    As President Biden searches for a Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, legal scholar Adam White explains why this is a big deal, how it could play out politically and who some of the frontrunners could be.

  • Doctors say ‘health is about more than the absence of COVID-19’ for children

    If there’s anything parents have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, it’s the importance of in-person learning for children. In November 2021, a vaccine approved for emergency use in 5- to 11-year-olds was supposed to help restore some semblance of normalcy for children, but Omicron had other plans. Dr. Lucy McBride, a Yahoo News Medical Contributor, explains why children should return to some form of normalcy at this stage in the pandemic.

  • Why some people in close quarters get COVID-19 — and others don't

    Yahoo News Medical Contributor and practicing internist Dr. Lucy McBride explains that how people respond to coronavirus varies widely and is dependent on several factors.

  • What is 'flurona' and should you be worried? A doctor breaks it down.

    You may have seen headlines about “flurona,” a buzzy term that’s been used to describe what happens when a patient is infected with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu simultaneously.

  • Fauci says Fox News and RFK Jr. attacks 'accelerated' death threats

    The nation’s top infectious disease expert told Yahoo News that “inflammatory statements” are often followed by threats against him and his family.

  • What you should know about holiday gatherings in the age of Omicron

    In the era of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, many people may be questioning the safety of gathering even with those who are technically fully vaccinated against COVID but haven’t received a booster shot. So, to gather or not to gather? Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Lucy McBride provides some guidance into how to navigate the holiday season this year at a time when Omicron is expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S. in the coming weeks.

  • What we now know about the Omicron variant

    With the projected number of Omicron cases expected to grow in the coming weeks, these are perhaps some of the many questions weighing on the minds of Americans as holiday get-togethers draw near.

  • What to do if you're exposed to someone with COVID-19

    Here’s what Yahoo News medical contributor Dr. Lucy McBride advises if you’ve exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, particularly for parents or guardians with school-age children.