Linda Villarosa

  1. Professor

Award-winning journalist Linda Villarosa joined the faculty of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY as a journalist-in-residence beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. 

She also remains a faculty member at City College, where she has been teaching journalism since 2009. The Newmark J-School is her primary home, however, and she is an active participant in all faculty matters and curriculum discussions.

In recent years, Villarosa has focused her professional work on health disparities of Black Americans. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she covers race, inequality, and health. Among her many outstanding pieces was an essay about medical myths in the magazine’s 1619 project and a groundbreaking story about the racial disparities of the coronavirus.

She is the author or co-author of three books. Her latest, Under the Skin: Racism, Inequality and the Health of a Nation, was published by Doubleday in June 2022.

Her 2018 cover story in The New York Times Magazine, “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, and her 2017 article, “America’s Hidden HIV Epidemic,” won a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award for Excellence in Journalism. She has also won awards from The American Medical Writers’ Association, The Arthur Ashe Institute, Lincoln University, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

Villarosa earned a Master of Arts in Journalism from the Newmark J-School in 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and spent a year at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a journalism fellow.