Summary: Award-winning journalist and author focused on health care and science
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, CURE, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe/STAT, More, Technology Review, and other media outlets. Reporting has included interviews with prominent executives such as genomics pioneer Craig Venter, former NFL pro and biotech entrepreneur James Joyce and Biogen veteran George Scangos.
• Write and edit news, eBooks and special reports about biopharmaceutical trends for Fierce Markets. Write and edit FierceBiotechResearch, doubling traffic to the website in the first year after taking over the publication. Write news briefs about the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries for FiercePharma. Wrote and edited the weekly newsletter FierceAnimalHealth. Assembled and moderated panel discussions for the FierceBiotech Drug Development Forum, which featured executives from such companies as Iovance Biotherapeutics, Karyopharm Therapeutics and Acceleron Pharma.
• Wrote the books Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old—And Made Billions (Basic Books, 2010) and Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures (ECW Press, 2015). Both books received positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New Scientist and others. Heal was named among the “best books about cancer” by Newsweek.
• Designed and maintained the promotional WordPress websites for the books, sellingthefountainofyouth.com and healdogsandcancer.com. Promoted the books on television and radio talk shows broadcast by such outlets as KCRW Santa Monica, NPR Colorado and CTV Canada. Designed PowerPoint presentations to accompany book presentations at libraries, bookstores and conferences nationwide. Spoke at the Tucson Festival of Books, serving as both a panelist and moderator of discussions featuring such high-profile authors as former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
• Independent Publishers Book Award: Gold Medal, health/medicine/nutrition, Heal, 2016.
2011 to Present
• Elected to the Board of Directors of the Gastric Cancer Foundation in January 2018. Helped launch and write several issues of the organization’s newsletter, which included interviews with patients, oncologists and donors. Assisted in establishing a social media strategy for the organization. Provide ongoing consulting to an external public-relations team.
• Wrote two advocacy pieces for the Center for an Urban Future in New York, which were used for lobbying city and state policymakers. The first spotlighted the digital health industry, 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 and proposed additional support for entrepreneurs in the form of government grants, startup incubators, networking events and more. The second investigated how delays and inadequate coverage by New York’s public transit system negatively affect commuters working in the healthcare sector.
East Coast Biotechnology Editor and Editor of Xconomy New York
2011 to 2012
• Launched, maintained and promoted Xconomy’s New York website. Wrote news and feature stories about life sciences, technology and cleantech companies based in New York and Boston. Grew monthly traffic 50 percent year-over-year. Several stories were published by The Boston Globe and Motley Fool as part of content partnerships with Xconomy.
• Helped organize events for professionals working in technology, life sciences and cleantech.
Correspondent/Department Editor/Associate Editor/Senior Writer
New York and Los Angeles
2000 to 2010
• Wrote news and features, including several cover 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 biopharma leaders like 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.
• Covered the Internet and biotechnology industries as a correspondent in the Los Angeles bureau from 2000 to 2004.
• New York Press Club, Consumer News: “Selling the Promise of Youth,” 2007, and “The Digital Hospital,” 2006.
• 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 and edited profiles of entrepreneurs, as well as features covering business, careers, personal finance and consumer issues for young professional men.
Home Office Computing Magazine
1997 to 1998
• Wrote and edited features on technology, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing.
Individual Investor Magazine
Staff Writer/Associate Editor/Senior Editor
1995 to 1997
• Wrote and edited 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.
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
1993 to 1994
• Wrote and edited business news, profiles of local companies, and stories about health, leisure, dining and culture.
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. Concentration: magazine publishing. Honors: Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honor society.
• University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Honors: Cum laude graduate.