Over the past two months, dozens of former Knight Science Journalism fellows have filed smart and impactful stories about the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve covered the crisis from every angle, and from every corner of the world.
An accomplished science writer and podcast host, Bethany Brookshire is spending the 2019-2020 academic year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow, studying human-animal interactions at the urban and suburban interface. And it all began a decade ago, as she tells it, with a surreptitious lunchtime excursion.
Judges lauded “Ahead of the Fire” for its rigorous reporting, compelling storytelling, and inventive data journalism. “They pushed the envelope,” said one panel member. “It took what was not only an Arizona issue and a California issue and explained why it was relevant to everyone in the country.”