The Atrophy of Prolonged Pain and How a Father's Choice Changed Lives | Reed Cowan | TEDxUNLV

Television reporter Reed Cowan was unknowlingly paged by his television station to the scene of his own child's accidental hanging death. His loss became a study of how personal pain causes a gradual hardening and withdrawal from life and how a chance encounter pulled him from pain to purpose, saving lives. Reed Cowan is an Emmy winning journalist and writer whose advocacy has resulted in lives saved and improved through education. A child of rural Utah, Reed found himself on television screens young in life, learning early on the power of harnessing viewers for good in the communities where he has lived. Whether getting tons of life-saving supplies to Haiti after natural disasters or building schools in Kenya for AIDS Orphans, this is a journalist who doesn't just report the news and walk away. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at