Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase
Joshua Sokol is a freelance writer based in Boston. Originally trained in observational astronomy, he now covers not just space but stories throughout natural history for Quanta, Science, and other magazines. His piece about mercury poisoning in Minamata (featured on Showcase), together with three other stories from the past year, won the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing’s 2018 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for young science journalists. Follow him on Twitter @josh_sokol.
Nicola Twilley is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-host of Gastropod, an award-winning podcast about the science and history of food. She is at work on two books: one about refrigeration for Penguin Press, and the other on quarantine, co-authored with Geoff Manaugh, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “The Billion-Year Wave” (featured on Showcase) was anthologized in the 2017 edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Follow her on Twitter @nicolatwilley.
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.
Freelance Science Journalist
Lizzie Wade is a freelance science journalist and a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. She covers archaeology, anthropology, and all things Latin America from her home in Mexico City. Her writing has also appeared in Aeon, California Sunday, Wired, and Slate, among others. Her story “Cradle of Life” (featured on Showcase), about the debate over the Amazon rainforest’s deep past, won the 2016 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—Features from the American Geophysical Union. Follow Lizzie on Twitter @lizzie_wade.
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.
Alexandra Witze is a contributing correspondent for Nature and Science News magazines. She writes news and features, primarily about the earth sciences, from her base in Boulder, Colorado. With her husband Jeff Kanipe, she is the author of Island on Fire, a book about the extraordinary 18th-century eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki (Pegasus Books, 2015). Alex is a nationally known science writer whose awards include top journalism prizes from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, and the National Association of Science Writers. Her Nature story “The 24/7 Search for Killer Quakes” (featured on Showcase) won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2015 for the magazine category.
Natalie Wolchover is a physics writer based in New York City. Now on staff at Quanta Magazine, she previously wrote for Popular Science, LiveScience and other publications. She has a bachelor’s in physics from Tufts University, studied graduate-level physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-authored several academic papers in nonlinear optics. Her article “At the Far Ends of a Universal Law” appeared in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 and won the 2016 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award. She won the 2016 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for four articles, including “A Fight for the Soul of Science” (featured on Showcase). Follow her on Twitter @nattyover.