WSB's Jamie Dupree seeking Emory treatment for mysterious vocal problems

He has spent more than three decades on Capitol Hill. He continues to work for WSB in digital form but has to provide sources a card noting why he can't talk when meeting sources.

"I am working to come back - hard," he told Channel 2 Action News reporter Berndt Petersen today.

He has a rare neurological condition that makes it difficult for his brain to tell his tongue what to do while speaking. Oddly, placing a pen in his mouth helps him speak.

He notes that the situation makes it tough not just at work but at home.

Emory researchers are trying out a new treatment to slow down the movement of his tongue and make it easier to speak. "He is not dying. His health is good," Petersen noted.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.