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:

  • Amy Mackinnon revealed in Slate that adults with type 1 diabetes are frequently misdiagnosed–with dangerous consequences–because doctors expect to see so-called “juvenile diabetes” only in kids.
  • Mia Garchitorena did this expose for Refinery 29 about a pharmaceutical company’s attempts to downplay serious complications from the birth-control implant Essure.
  • Karen Shakerdge won a prestigious award from the Association of Health Care Journalists for this audio piece that aired on WHYY’s The Pulse. It’s about a dying young father from Massachusetts who had to travel to Florida for a liver transplant.
  • Kat Long’s story about how urban bats benefit city dwellers ran in The Washington Post for Halloween.
  • Allegra Abramo and Jennifer Lehman’s investigation of New York’s largest for-profit nursing home company, published by ProPublica, revealed a pattern of patient harm. The company was so incensed that it filed a lawsuit to try to prevent further reporting.
  • Kyle Ligman explored in Newsweek why it’s so hard to bring edible insects to the U.S.: Food regulators don’t have enough data to certify their safety.

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