Health and Science Reporting


No. Many of Newmark J-School’s most successful health and science alumni majored in journalism or the humanities in college.

Pauliina Siniauer at refugee restaurant

Student Work

Here’s a sampling of work that Health & Science students produced for class and later published:

  • Audrey Carleton, ’21, published her capstone on the health impacts of abandoned oil wells in Capital & Main.
  • Anny Oberlink, ’21, explored a loophole that allows the U.S. military to conceal its carbon emissions, or “bootprint.” Her story was published in Popular Science.
  • The global healthcare climate footprint is huge, but in the science journalism class Yara El Murr ’20 wrote about emerging solutions, a story she then sold to The Guardian.

  • In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Sophie Putka, ’20, learned that ants–which, like us, are social animals–instinctively adopt behaviors that reduce infection, including disinfection and social distancing. She successfully pitched the story to Discover.
  • Kara Brown, ’19, wrote for the Introduction to Health Journalism class about the need to protect one’s scalp with sunscreen and later published it in Well + Good.
  • Ben Powers, ’19, investigated the psychology of cringiness for the Science Journalism class, and Popular Science bought the story.
  • Molly Enking, ’18, revealed in PBS NewsHour the lengths to which women go to give birth naturally after a previous C-section, because doctors often consider the practice riskier than it really is.
  • Amy Mackinnon, ’18, described in Tonic an increasingly common eating disorder called diabulimia, in which people with type 1 diabetes lose weight by skipping their insulin shots, often with devastating health consequences.
  • Lori Freshwater, ’17, and Brett Dahlberg, ’17, wrote an expose in the Village Voice about a New York doctor who sexually abused patients.

Contact Us

Do you have a question about the Health and Science program? If so, please contact us.

Emily Laber-Warren
Director of Health and Science Reporting