Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase
Sandi Doughton has been covering science, medicine and the environment for more than 25 years, first in New Mexico, then in the Pacific Northwest. Doughton set out to be a biologist, but after graduate research that required her to stand in a walk-in freezer and drip rattlesnake venom into test tubes, she decided to combine her interests in journalism and science. Her science reporting has taken her to the Bering Sea, where she covered climate change and chased seals over pancake ice, and to Africa, where she wrote about the Gates Foundation’s efforts to develop a vaccine for malaria. Earth science is one of her favorite subjects, because it’s a great example of the way research can make a difference in people’s lives. Doughton’s story “Laser maps reveal slide risk with startling clarity, but few citizens know they exist,” (featured on Showcase) earned her the prestigious Perlman Award from the American Geophysical Union in 2015.
Douglas Fox is a freelance journalist who writes extensively on earth, Antarctic, and polar sciences. His stories have appeared in Scientific American, National Geographic, Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, High Country News, Discover, Nature, Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. His stories have garnered awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (2011), the National Association of Science Writers (2013), the American Geophysical Union (2015), the Society of Environmental Journalists (2016), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009 & 2017). “The Dust Detectives” (featured on Showcase) won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism in 2015. And “Inside the Firestorm” (featured on Showcase as well) won the AAAS Kavli award in 2017. He is also a contributing author to The Science Writers’ Handbook (Da Capo, 2013).
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 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.
Ann Gibbons is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and the author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors, which was a finalist for the LA Times best science and technology book. She also has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and written about human evolution for National Geographic, SLATE, Smithsonian magazine and other publications. She has been awarded the 2018 National Academy of Sciences Communication Awards for best magazine/newspaper article; the 2014 Society of American Archaeology Gene S. Stuart Award; the National Academy of Sciences 2013 Communication Awards for best magazine/newspaper article; and the 2012 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for a decade’s worth of stories on human origins and evolution. Her story “The Ultimate Sacrifice” (featured on Showcase) is one of those many award-winning stories.
Andrew Grant is the online editor at Physics Today. After graduating from New York University’s Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program, he worked at Discover and at Science News. His Science News story on Voyager 1 entering interstellar space won the American Geophysical Union’s 2014 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism (featured on Showcase). His work has also been recognized by the American Institute of Physics. Follow him on Twitter @Sci_Grant.
Investigative Technology Reporter
Mark Harris is an investigative technology reporter based in Seattle, writing for The Guardian, IEEE Spectrum, Backchannel, MIT Technology Review, The Economist and New Scientist. He has broken stories about self-driving vehicles, giant airships, AI body scanners, faulty defibrillators, and monkey-powered robots. Recently, one of his public records requests for Backchannel triggered Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber. In 2014, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and in 2015 he won the AAS Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award for his story How A Lone Hacker Shredded the Myth of Crowdsourcing (featured on Showcase). He is currently a MuckRock Fellow, and is always interested in tips. You can find him on Twitter @meharris.
Courtney Humphries is a freelance journalist and author who writes about science, health, nature, and the built environment. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2015-2016, and her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Nautilus, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, Nature, Science, Harvard Magazine, and other publications. She’s the author of Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan….And the World, a natural history of pigeons published by Smithsonian Books. Her story “Where Forests Work Harder” (featured on Showcase) recently won the David Perlman Award granted by the American Geophysical Union. She’s an alum of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing, and has recently returned to school as a PhD student in environmental science and Coasts & Communities IGERT fellow at University of Massachusetts Boston, studying urban sustainability and climate change adaptation. Follow her on Twitter @cehumphries.
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.