On Thursday, April 22, Peter Loftus, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, presented to the Delbarton community via a Zoom call about his reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic. Seniors watched the presentation in the FAC, while underclassmen accessed it in classrooms.
After Loftus shared his frontline reporting experiences, Fr. Michael asked several questions, then shared queries from students and faculty. Many questions alluded to an eagerness for life to return to normal. Loftus pointed out that even if we achieve that goal nationally, we will continue to be impacted by the pandemic internationally while other countries struggle to vaccinate citizens.
Peter Loftus is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he writes about companies that manufacture medicines, vaccines and medical devices. His reporting covers a wide range of related topics: cancer treatments including immunotherapy, hepatitis C, the drug-pricing debate, drug shortages, Ebola, and healthcare whistleblowers. He also focuses on the pharmaceutical industry, reporting on large drug makers such as Merck and Eli Lilly, and ongoing developments in drug research.
Loftus has served as a lead WSJ reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic and government and private sector pandemic response. He and his WSJ colleagues were named finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their coverage of rising drug prices.
Loftus is a 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in History and English. He is also a high school classmate and friend of Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd since 1984. In anticipation of Peter Loftus' visit to Delbarton, Fr. Michael emailed faculty and students, explaining, "In our time at La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA (Class of 1988), Mr. Loftus was my editor on The Wisterian, our school newspaper."
The Delbarton community thanks Peter Loftus for sharing his time and knowledge with us during this pandemic-impacted year.