Science Journalism in the Public Interest

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Current Fellows

ivan

Iván Carrillo Pérez, Mexico
@carrillazo
Iván is a Mexico City-based science journalist with a background both in print and television. He has been a contributor to National Geographic Magazine En Español, Newsweek Magazine en Español, CNN en Español (TV), and SPR News (TV), among others. He holds a position as anchor of Los Observadores, a national television program exploring scientific innovation. From 2005 to 2015 he was the editor of Quo, a magazine dedicated to the dissemination of science and technology.

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Chloé Hecketsweiler, France
www.lemonde.fr
Chloé is a journalist with the French newspaper Le Monde. Writing mainly for the business section, she has specialized in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Her stories, sometimes based on extended international travel, highlight the intersection between science, business and society, investigating, for example, the impact of drug pricing on the healthcare system, or the financial relationships between doctors and big pharmaceutical groups.

robert

Robert McClure, United States
@rmcclureiw
Robert is Executive Director of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom in Seattle with a focus on the environment, public health and government accountability, and a track record of change-making journalism. A veteran newspaper reporter, McClure has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism from Columbia University. In 2013, he was named as one of Seattle Magazine’s “most influential” people in the city. A Florida native, McClure started his career at United Press International in Miami.

maura

Maura R. O’Connor, United States
@TheOChronicle
Maura is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn and writes about the politics and ethics of science, technology and conservation. Her work has appeared online in The Atavist, Slate, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, Nautilus, and Harper’s.  Her first book, “Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things,” was named one of Library Journal and Amazon’s Best Books of 2015. She is currently at work on a second book, an exploration of navigation traditions, neuroscience, and human relationships to space, time and memory.

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Rosalia Omungo, Kenya
@rayzalia
Rosalia is a television journalist and editor for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in Nairobi, where she leads the Features, Health and Environment desks. She has focused on a wide range of topics including climate change policy, energy, biotechnology, biodiversity and water issues. Her work has also appeared in Science Africa. She was the first Earth Journalism Scholar at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she spent Spring 2014 semester studying journalism and environmental science. 

meera

Meera Subramanian, United States
@meeratweets
Meera is a freelance journalist based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, whose work has been published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Nature, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion and other national and international publications. She is the author of the 2015 book, “A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka.” Her work has been anthologized in “Best American Science and Nature Writing” and “The Best Women’s Travel Writing.”

bianca

Bianca Vázquez Toness, United States
@biancavtoness
Bianca is a journalist based in Cambridge who writes about technology and its impact on people. She most recently covered India’s technology and telecommunications industries for Bloomberg News in New Delhi. She also explored agriculture, renewable energy, and that country’s obsession with engineering. Before moving to India, Bianca reported for WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Yakima Herald-Republic.

fabio

Fabio Turone, Italy
@fabioturone
Fabio is a science writer and editor based in Milan, Italy. He contributes to several Italian outlets, including L’Espresso, Panorama, Il Corriere della sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, WIRED, and the British Medical Journal. Since 2012, he has served as Director of the Erice International School of Science Journalism, a summer program in Sicily.  He launched and currently heads the professional association Science Writers in Italy, with the aim of promoting international exchanges and collaboration.

lauren

Lauren M. Whaley, United States
@laurenwhaley
Lauren is a California-based journalist specializing in healthcare policy related to mental illness, children and pregnant women. She has contributed stories to KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New York Times, and she has worked as a multimedia journalist for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting. She is a past president of the national journalism organization Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).

mark

Mark Wolverton, United States
www.markwolverton.com
Mark is a Philadelphia-based freelancer who writes about science, technology, and history for a variety of publications, including WIRED magazine, Scientific American, American Heritage’s Invention & Technology, Popular Science, Psychology Today, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He is the author of three books: “A Life in Twilight: The Final Years of J. Robert Oppenheimer” (2008); “The Depths of Space: The Story of the Pioneer Planetary Probes” (2004); and “The Science of Superman” (2002). He is also a dramatist whose work has been presented on stages across the country and on national radio.