Leys’ reporting at The Des Moines Register has covered a vast range of topics, from in-depth health reports vital to everyday Iowans, to presidential campaign stories that grab national attention. But for most of his reporting career, his primary focus has been mental health.
“Most medical journals don’t have the resources or the luxury of having full-time editorial staff,” said John Jarcho, deputy editor of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), during an event hosted by the Knight Science Journalism program in November. But NEJM is not most medical journals.
With journalistic insight, Venkataraman explained why she felt it was important to deeply interrogate conventional wisdom about societal decision-making — and to sometimes overturn that wisdom.
Over her decade-long reporting journey, Eban traveled to four continents and interviewed more than 240 people. “I could not have done this book and gotten to the depth I got without some serious sources,” she told KSJ fellows.