Writers

Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase

Douglas Fox

Freelance Journalist

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

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.

Andrew Grant

Editor

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.

Mark Harris

Investigative Technology Reporter

Mark Harris is an investigative technology reporter based in Seattle, writing for The GuardianIEEE 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.

Eva Hershaw

Freelance Journalist

Eva Hershaw is a freelance journalist currently living in Italy. She holds two master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies and spent much of her career researching and reporting on agriculture, rural development and food systems in North, Central and South America. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Texas Monthly, VICE News and Al Jazeera America, among others. Her story “When the Dust Settles” (featured on Showcase) won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award in 2017. She is currently a land monitoring and data specialist with the International Land Coalition.

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

Reporter

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.

Maria Konnikova

Author and Contributing Writer

Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking; and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and is currently working on a book about poker and the balance of skill and luck in life, The Biggest Bluff, to be published in 2019 by Penguin Press. Having amassed over $230,000 in poker tournament earnings within one year and captured a major poker title during research for her upcoming book, in July 2018, Maria joined PokerStars Team Pro as an official ambassador. Her story “Altered Tastes” featured on Showcase was also featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift with Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University. Follow her on Twitter @mkonnikova.

Matthew D. LaPlante

Journalist • Assistant Professor

Matthew D. LaPlante has reported from more than a dozen nations for publications including CNN.com, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Daily News and The Salt Lake Tribune, the latter at which he served as national security reporter from 2005 to 2011. A dedicated soccer fan and avid snowboarder, LaPlante is an assistant professor of journalism at Utah State University, where he teaches news writing, narrative non-fiction and crisis reporting. His Salt Lake City Weekly story “Devatated” (featured on Showcase) won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2014 for the small newspaper category.