John Fauber

Medical Reporter

John Fauber is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s medical reporter, a position he has held since 1996. He is spending the 2019-20 academic years as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. As a member of the team that in 2013 exposed problems with the nation’s newborn screening programs, Fauber won a series of awards, including the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting and a Gerald Loeb Award for business-related investigations. Other recognition came from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Associated Press Media Editors, the American Society of News Editors and the Online News Association. In both 2011 and 2012, his investigations into medical conflicts of interest helped lead to U.S. Senate investigations. He won the 2013 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting from CASW; a 2012 Gerald A. Loeb Award for beat reporting; the 2010 National Headliner Award for medical/health/science reporting; and the 2010 silver Barlett & Steele Award. One of his stories “What happened to the poster children of OxyContin?” is featured on Showcase. Fauber also won the 2004 Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award for a five-year collection of stories focusing on heart disease and stroke; the 2003 American Society for Microbiology’s Public Communications Award for two stories he co-authored on prion diseases in humans and animals; and a 1992 Loeb Award for a series about Wisconsin corporations moving jobs to Mexico. He also was part of a team that was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for a series on chronic wasting disease in the state’s deer population. Fauber has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.