Beloved Reporter Goes Public with His Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Cecili Weber, Development & Foundation Content Manager
Neal Augenstein smiling with blog title

A familiar voice to many in the greater Washington, DC area, Neal Augenstein, a beloved reporter at WTOP radio, joined fellow lung cancer survivor Melinda Ojermark to discuss his experience with lung cancer. Neal has a family history of the disease, so when a persistent cough would not go away, he asked his doctor for screening. A low-dose CT scan revealed that Neal had lung cancer, the same disease that had taken his father's life.  

Since receiving a Stage IV diagnosis in late-2022, Neal has gone public with his cancer on the radio and on social media. Neal shares that this disclosure has been healing for him – not only is he raising awareness about the disease, but sharing his experience has opened the door to hearing from others who have similar journeys. 

This interview includes discussions of treatment, self-advocacy, and what research and clinical trials mean to survivors. We encourage you to follow along with his journey on Twitter.  

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