Gianfranco Pezzino: COVID-19 from a public health perspective

Hosted By: Tim Carpenter - January 18, 2021


Gianfranco Pezzino served as Shawnee County’s health officer for 14 years before stepping down abruptly from the position in December. In the middle of the battle against COVID-19, Pezzino found politics overruling science.

On this episode of the Kansas Reflector podcast, senior reporter Tim Carpenter sits down with Pezzino to discuss Kansas’ response to the health crisis, what he learned during the pandemic and why he stepped away.

“I went through crisis before,” he said. “Of course, nothing really compares to a pandemic.”


Gianfranco Pezzino

former Shawnee County health officer

Tim Carpenter

senior reporter, Kansas Reflector