Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase
Dennis Overbye has been at the New York Times for almost 20 years, first as the deputy science editor and then as a reporter with a beat ranging from zero-gravity fashion shows to the fate of the universe and the various dark things that make most of nature. Pluto is still a planet in his household. Chasing the Higgs (featured on Showcase) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and the winner of the National Academies Keck Future Initiative Communication award. He’s the author of two books, Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos, the Scientific Search for the Secret of the Universe, which won the American Institute of Physics science-writing prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non fiction, and Einstein in Love, a Scientific Romance.
Writer and Editor
Charles Piller, STAT’s West Coast editor, writes watchdog reports and in-depth projects from his base in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously worked as an investigative journalist for The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times, and has reported on public health, science, and technology from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America. Charles has won numerous journalism awards (his story “Failure to Report” is featured on Showcase), has authored two investigative books about science, and also has reported extensively on national security, prison conditions, and bridge engineering. Follow him on Twitter @cpiller.
Jane Qiu is a globetrotting science writer in Beijing, regularly contributing to publications such as Nature, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. A recipient of many prestigious fellowships and travel grants, she has covered wide-ranging geoscience and environmental topics from the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the peaks of the Himalayas. Qiu is passionate about the Tibetan Plateau and surrounding mountain ranges—a vast area half the US landmass known as the Third Pole because it boasts the largest stock of ice on Earth outside polar regions—and strives to highlight its increasing fragility and pressing environmental issues. Her three Nature stories, including “The Forgotten Continent” (featured on Showcase), won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2016 for the magazine category. Her reports about the Third Pole were also recognised by the Asian Environmental Journalism Award for the category of Environmental Journalist of the Year.
Hillary Rosner is a freelance journalist and editor specializing in feature stories about science and the environment. She writes for National Geographic, Wired, Scientific American, The New York Times, High Country News, and many other publications, and she is a contributing editor at bioGraphic. Her work has twice been awarded the AAAS-Kavli Science Journalism prize (including “Attack of the Mutant Pupfish,” which is featured on Showcase), and has also garnered awards from the Society for Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers. She lives in Colorado.
Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Essays from America’s Disappearing Shore (Milkweed Editions 2018). She is currently the Andrew Mellon Fellow for Pedagogical Innovation in the Humanities in the English Department at Bates College where she teaches creative nonfiction. She is also the recipient of the Howard Foundation Fellowship awarded by Brown University and the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers (that story, “Leaving the Sea,” is featured on Showcase). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpers, Granta, Creative Nonfiction, The New Republic, Orion, Le Monde Diplomatique, Frieze, Witness, The Dark Mountain Project and others. You can follow her on Twitter @elizabetharush.
Hester van Santen
Staff Writer at NRC Media
Hester van Santen is a staff writer at NRC Media, the publishing company of the Dutch daily newspapers NRC Handelsblad and nrc.next. Van Santen has worked at the NRC science desk for 12 years, specializing in life sciences. Her articles cover a diverse range of topics, from food science and biodiversity to human physiology and scholarly publishing. In 2017, she was named European Science Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers for her story “Peer Review Post-Mortem: How a Flawed Aging Study was Published in Nature” (featured on Showcase). The jury characterized her work as “remarkably well researched” and “full of creativity.” Last September, van Santen took up a new position at NRC. She now covers energy and sustainability at the economy & finance desk. Van Santen holds an MSc in Biology and Journalism from the University of Groningen.
Erik Vance is a native Bay Area writer replanted in Mexico as a non-native species. Before becoming a writer he was, at turns, a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator. His work focuses on the human element of science — the people who do it, those who benefit from it, and those who do not. He has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic, and a number of other local and national outlets. His Discover story “Why Nothing Works” (featured on Showcase) won the NASW Science in Society Award in 2015 and inspired his first book, Suggestible You, about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities.
Journalist, Editor and Speaker
Madhumita Venkataramanan is a journalist, editor and speaker with expertise in the fields of science, health and technology. As the European Technology Correspondent at the Financial Times, she writes news and features around themes of tech, science and innovation. She was previously head of the Telegraph’s technology section, where she oversaw the newspaper’s technology coverage and has written longform features around data privacy, security and other major science and tech trends for publications such as Wired and BBC Future. Her Wired story “My Identity For Sale” (featured on Showcase) won the Evert Clark/Seth Payne award for young science journalists in 2015.
Craig Welch is an environmental journalist for National Geographic, where he writes about everything from ocean change to African wildlife. He previously covered environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years at The Seattle Times, where he was part of a team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the deadliest landslide in American history. His environmental reporting has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Online News Association, the Sidney Hillman Foundation, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. His Seattle Times story “Sea Change” (featured on Showcase) won the National Academies Communication Award in 2014 for the online category.
Sarah Wild is an award-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics, and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn’t work, so she read for an MSc in bioethics and health law (Wits University), with a special focus on race science and the philosophy of science. She has been a science editor at both Business Day and the Mail & Guardian. Wild has written about astronomy, particle physics, and everything in between, and she’s published two books about science in South Africa: Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars and Innovation: Shaping South Africa through Science. Her series of stories about unidentified bodies in South Africa (featured on Showcase) won the 2017 AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award in the Small Newspaper category. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahemilywild.