Summary: Award-winning science journalist and author
Freelance Science Journalist and Author
2010 to 2011, 2012 to Present
• Write science, medicine, technology, and business features, which have been published by Forbes.com, the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, More, Kaiser Health News, USA Today, The Boston Globe/STAT, Technology Review, BioWorld Insight, Entrepreneur.com and other news outlets. Contributed articles on health care to the Reuters.com blog “Prism Money.”
• Write and edit eBooks and special reports about biotechnology trends for Fierce Markets. Write and edit the weekly newsletter Fierce Biotech Research. Write news briefs about the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries for daily Fierce publications. Wrote and edited the weekly newsletter Fierce Animal Health.
• Wrote the books Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures (ECW Press 2015) and Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old—And Made Billions (Basic Books, August 2010). Designed and maintained WordPress Web sites for both books: healdogsandcancer.com and sellingthefountainofyouth.com. Blogged on the anti-aging industry for The Huffington Post.
• Independent Publishers Book Award: Gold Medal, health/medicine/nutrition, Heal
2011 to Present
• Wrote two advocacy pieces for the Center for an Urban Future in New York, which were distributed to city and state policymakers. The first spotlighted the digital health industry in New York, featuring interviews with more than 20 executives, venture capitalists and academic leaders who are working in the industry. The report charted the rapid growth of the digital health sector in New York City over the past decade and argued for more support for entrepreneurs in the form of government grants, startup incubators, networking events and more. The second, to be published in late 2017, investigates how delays and inadequate coverage by New York’s public transit system negatively impact commuters working in the city’s healthcare sector.
• Helped launch the newsletter of the Gastric Cancer Foundation. Wrote several issues of the newsletter, which included interviews with patients, oncologists and donors. Assisted in establishing a social media strategy for the organization. Provide ongoing consulting to its external public-relations team.
East Coast Biotechnology Editor and Editor of Xconomy New York
2011 to 2012
• Launched, maintained, and promoted Xconomy’s New York site. Wrote up to six news and feature stories per week about life sciences, technology and clean technology companies based in and around New York. Coverage included reporting on events for entrepreneurs, interviewing venture capitalists, and tracking funding news. Updated an events calendar, and edited and posted pieces written by a freelancer and several contributing columnists. Grew monthly traffic 50 percent year-over-year.
• Wrote about life sciences companies based in Boston and New York. Covered biotech startups, as well as public companies such as Acorda Therapeutics, Alnylam, and Curis. Wrote features about early-stage research efforts by major pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Several stories were published by The Boston Globe and Motley Fool as part of content-distribution deals with Xconomy.
• Helped organize events for New York professionals working in technology, life sciences, and clean technology. Events included New York Life Sciences 2031, an October 2011 panel discussion on the future of biotech in New York, featuring executives from Pfizer, OrbiMed Advisors, Mount Sinai Medical School, and others.
Correspondent/Department Editor/Associate Editor/Senior Writer
New York and Los Angeles
2000 to 2010
• Wrote news and feature stories about pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health care. Responsibilities included writing in-depth analyses of breaking news events, profiles of prominent executives, book reviews, personal finance pieces, and stories about industry trends. Covered major companies such as Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, and Johnson & Johnson.
• Produced original online packages and content to accompany magazine stories, such as slide shows, video interviews, and related features. Contributed to two management blogs.
• Investigated financial conflicts in medicine, producing a series of features that included “Medicine in Conflict,” which helped spark a Congressional investigation.
• Worked with producers of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric to develop joint print/television stories on important medical topics. Collaborations included “Resveratrol: The Hard Sell on Anti-Aging,” an exposé about scam Internet ads for the red-wine supplement (2009); and “Doctors Under the Influence,” a story about physicians who fail to disclose financial relationships with drug companies (2008). Appeared on other television and radio programs to discuss science news.
• Edited company profiles, special reports, and briefs spotlighting scientific advances.
• Managed the widely read cover package “Hot Growth,” spotlighting the 100 fastest-growing companies of 2005 and 2006. Assigned and edited company profiles, and produced an online slide show containing profiles of all the companies.
• As a correspondent in the Los Angeles bureau, covered the Internet and biotechnology industries.
• Association of Health Care Journalists, General Interest Magazines (second place): “Selling the Promise of Youth,” 2007.
• American Society of Business Publication Editors, Individual Profile (silver): “Medicine in Conflict,” 2007.
• Foundation for Biomedical Research, Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award: “Crossing the Gene Barrier,” 2006.
• American Society of Business Publication Editors, National Gold Award, Feature Writing: “I Can’t Sleep,” 2005.
• American Society of Business Publication Editors, Individual Profile (bronze): “Genentech’s Medicine Man,” 2004.
Associate Editor/Senior Writer
1998 to 2000
• Wrote profiles of entrepreneurs, as well as features covering business, careers, personal finance, and consumer issues for young professional men.
• Assigned and edited entrepreneur profiles and features about business and personal finance.
Home Office Computing
1997 to 1998
•Wrote features on technology and small-business topics.
•Assigned and edited stories for four departments covering entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and legal issues.
Staff Writer/Associate Editor/Senior Editor
1995 to 1997
• Wrote profiles of public companies in a wide range of industries, including medical technology, computers, entertainment, and dining. Wrote feature stories on a variety of topics related to investing in stocks and mutual funds.
• Assigned and edited news briefs, business profiles, and short features. Assigned and edited how-to articles for investors, interviews with financial experts, and reviews of Web sites.
1993 to 1994
• Wrote and edited business news, profiles of local companies, and stories about health, leisure, dining, and culture.
•Co-coordinated the production of several special sections, including a health care guide and a bridal edition.
1995 to 1999
• Wrote features about business and personal finance, which appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly, Better Homes & Gardens Family Money, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, American Demographics, Chief Executive, Working Mother, and others.
Alexander & Alexander Services Inc. (now Aon)
1989 to 1991
• Wrote and edited feature stories about business insurance for the employee magazine of this insurance broker.
• Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Ill.: Master of Science in Journalism
• University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Bachelor of Arts in Communications