Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase

Christie Aschwanden

Science Writer

Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight. Her work also appears in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, Mother Jones, Popular Science, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She is also a member of the CASW board. Aschwanden has received journalism fellowships from the Santa Fe Institute, the Carter Center, and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. She was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011, and her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, National Institute for Health Care Management, NASW and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.  Her story “The Real Scandal: Science Denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®” (featured on Showcase) won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award in 2013. She tweets @CragCrest.

Natalia Bronshtein

Interactives Editor

Natalia Bronshtein, interactives editor, creates data-driven stories for STAT, helping to turn complex information into visualizations that tease out hidden patterns and connections. After earning a doctorate in economics, Natalia conducted postdoctoral research at Brandeis University as a Fulbright Scholar, was a professor at two universities in Russia, and worked at Euromonitor International, a consulting company, where she covered health care and pharmaceuticals, among other industries. Her visualizations have been featured in The Best American Infographics 2016, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Forbes, Vox, and elsewhere. One visualization for the story “Failure to Report” (featured on Showcase) won a AAAS Kavli award in 2016. Follow her on Twitter @ininteraction.

Cally Carswell

Freelance Science Journalist

Cally Carswell is a freelance journalist covering science and the environment, and a contributing editor at High Country News. She likes to write about living things as well as dying things. She lives on a dusty lot in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is populating it with flowering plants that require shockingly little water. Her HCN story “The Tree Coroners” (featured on Showcase) won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for In-Depth Reporting, Small Market. Follow her on Twitter @callycarswell.


Paul Christiansen

Freelance Journalist

Paul Christiansen is a 2014 graduate of the Utah State University Department of Journalism and Communication. Since graduating, he has kept busy writing for various print publications and doing freelance work in Wyoming, Utah, Oregon and, most recently, Idaho. His Salt Lake City Weekly story “Devatated” (featured on Showcase) won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2014 for the small newspaper category. Christiansen likes to believe he lives a quiet life with three dogs, three cats, his fiance and his guitars. 

Ron Cowen

Freelance Science Writer

Ron Cowen is a freelance science writer who specializes in physics and astronomy and is keenly interested in the intersection of science, art and popular culture. Before freelancing, he wrote for Science News for 21 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Nature, Scientific American, The New York Times, Science, National Geographic, and U.S. News & World Report. His Nature story “The Quantum Source of Space-Time” (featured on Showcase) won the American Institute of Physics Award in 2016. He and his family are based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

David Dobbs


David Dobbs writes features and essays about science, sports, music and other cultures for publications including National GeographicThe AtlanticPacific StandardSlate, and Mother Jones. He is the author of three books and the #1 Kindle Single My Mother’s Lover, from The Atavist. His Pacific Standard story “The Social Life of Genes” (featured on Showcase) won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2014 for the magazine category. 

Amanda Gefter

Physics Writer

Amanda Gefter is a physics writer and author of Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing and the Beginning of Everything. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her Nautilus story “The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic” (featured on Showcase) received the 2015 Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award in the Magazine category. The piece also won a Golden Giraffe Award from The Browser and a Sidney Award from David Brooks in The New York Times. It will also be included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016. Follow Gefter on Twitter @amandagefter.

Azeen Ghorayshi

Science Reporter

Azeen Ghorayshi is a science reporter at BuzzFeed News. Prior to that, she wrote for places like the Guardian, New Scientist, Nautilus, Newsweek, and Motherboard. These days, she mostly focuses on stories about sex and gender, HIV/AIDS, reproductive technologies, and sexism in science, but she used to report about all sorts of things—including earthquakes. Her East Bay Express story “Sounding the Alarm” (featured on Showcase) was the recipient of the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in the small-newspaper category. It won first place in the long-form news category of the 2014 Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards, and second place for best news story in a non-daily newspaper in the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards. It also received an honorable mention for CASW’s 2013 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists. Follow Ghorayshi on Twitter @Azeen.

Mark Johnson

Health and Science Writer

Mark Johnson, a health and science writer at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, shared the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and has been a finalist on three other occasions. He and Business Reporter Kathleen Gallagher are co-authors of the new book, “One in a Billion: The story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine,” an expansion of their Pulitzer Prize-winning series. His Journal Sentinel story “The Course of Their Lives” (featured on Showcase) won CASW’s Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2015 for the newspaper category.

George Johnson


George Johnson is the author of nine books, most recently The Cancer Chronicles. A former reporter and editor at The New York Times, he has written for National Geographic, Slate, Scientific American, Wired, The Atlantic, and other publications, and writes the monthly column Raw Data for The Times. He is co-founder of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop. His New York Times Sunday Review story “Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer” (featured on Showcase) was part of a package that won the 2014 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in the Large Newspaper category. Follow Johnson on Twitter @byGeorgeJohnson.