Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase
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.
Freelance Science Journalist
Megan Scudellari is a freelance science journalist based in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in the life sciences. She has contributed to Nature, Newsweek, Bloomberg News, Scientific American, Discover, and Technology Review, among others. She is currently a regular contributor for IEEE Spectrum‘s Human OS blog, and previously wrote as a health columnist for the Boston Globe (2015-2017), a contributor to Retraction Watch (2016-2017), and as a correspondent then contributing editor at The Scientist magazine (2009-20014). She is the co-author of a college biology textbook, Biology Now, now in its second edition from publisher W. W. Norton. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award in recognition of outstanding reporting and writing in science. The award is bestowed upon one young science journalist annually. Her story, “Never Say Die” (featured on Showcase) was part of the winning package for that award. Follow her on Twitter @Scudellari.
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.