MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing
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Emily Anthes

Emily Anthes is a reporter at The New York Times who covers health and science. She is the author of two books — 2013’s Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts and 2020’s The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness. She has won the AAAS Kavli Gold Award for science journalism, the NASW Science in Society Award, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, and two NIHCM Foundation Health Care Print Journalism awards. She was also longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2014. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Emily graduated from the GPSW in 2006.

Sarah Childress
Investigative Reporting

Sarah Childress is the deputy investigative editor at The Washington Post. She was previously the series senior editor at FRONTLINE, where she developed and strengthened reporting across platforms, including documentary films, digital stories, and podcast series. Sarah co-produced the 2019 documentary Flint’s Deadly Water, which won the Jack R. Howard Award for Broadcast – National/International Coverage and was a finalist for a 2019 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Prior to FRONTLINE, Sarah worked as a national reporter at Newsweek, where she covered major breaking stories, including the Iraq War. She also spent several years as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal’s Nairobi bureau, and later went on to edit reporters in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America for GlobalPost.

Tim De Chant
News Writing

Tim De Chant is the senior climate writer at TechCrunch and a lecturer in MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. He has written for Wired, the Chicago Tribune, and Ars Technica, among others. Previously, he was senior technology reporter at Ars Technica, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and senior digital editor at NOVA, where he served as founding editor of the digital magazine NOVA Next. Before becoming a science journalist, he earned a PhD in landscape ecology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in environmental studies, English, and biology from St. Olaf College.



Dawn Fallik
Data Journalism

Dawn Fallik is an award-winning reporter specializing in database analysis, medical coverage, and digital storytelling, and the former co-director of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Dawn has been a staff reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Associated Press, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and she served on the multimedia desk at The Wall Street Journal. She is an associate professor at the University of Delaware and continues to write for The Washington Post, NPR, and other publications. She is also the creator of the Words for Nerds program, which teaches STEM students and professional researchers how to share their work with the general public.

Cynthia Graber

Cynthia Graber is an award-winning audio and print reporter and is the co-host and co-founder of the internationally popular podcast Gastropod, about the science and history of food. Cynthia and her co-host have performed sold-out Gastropod Live events at the Boston Museum of Science and at science festivals around the country. Cynthia’s print work has been featured in venues including Wired, The New Yorker, Orion, The Boston Globe Magazine, and many more. She was a 2012-2013 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and followed that with a UC Berkeley Food and Farming Fellowship, overseen by Michael Pollan. Cynthia’s radio and print awards include those from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the International Institute of Physics.

Veronique Greenwood
News Writing

Veronique Greenwood is a science journalist and essayist who frequently contributes to the New York Times. A BBC columnist and a former staff writer at Discover Magazine, she has covered the science of sleep, the biology of the senses, and issues in genetics and evolution. Her National Geographic cover story explored genetic profiling in criminal investigations. A recipient of the Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship, she has written about the rise of big data in biology and about the culture of science—how its power structures are formed, who scientists are as people, and what society wants science to be.

M.R. O'Connor
Thesis Advisor

M.R. O’Connor covers the politics and ethics of science, technology, and conservation. She is the author of two books: 2015’s Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things, which was one of Amazon’s Best Books of the year, and 2019’s Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World. Her investigative reporting on topics including disappearances in Sri Lanka’s civil war, global agriculture trade in Haiti, and American development enterprises in Afghanistan has been funded by institutions including the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund. M.R.’s work can also be found in The New Yorker, The Atavist, and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.​

Ashley Smart
Opinion Writing

Ashley Smart is the Associate Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and Senior Editor at Undark Magazine. Prior to joining Undark, Ashley was a features editor at Physics Today and a 2015-2016 Knight Science Journalism Fellow. Before pursuing science journalism, Ashley earned a PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and The Open Notebook, and he was a co-founder of, a blog dedicated to lifting Black voices in science.

Kim Tingley
Thesis Advisor

Kim Tingley is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she created and writes the Studies Show column about medical research. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award in 2012 and was a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Her story “Sixth Sense,” about wave-piloting in the Marshall Islands, is anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.

Karen Weintraub
Feature Writing

Karen Weintraub is a health writer at USA Today. Before the pandemic, she spent a decade as a freelance health and science reporter, writing regularly for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Scientific American, among other outlets. Weintraub has taught journalism as an adjunct at Boston University, MIT, and the Harvard Extension School, and was an editor at The Boston Globe before spending an academic year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. In March, MIT Press will publish a book on the history of Cambridge that she co-wrote with her husband.