Award winners whose work is featured in Showcase
Journalist and Storytelling Coach
Matthew Miller is the storytelling coach at the Lansing State Journal. He writes about science and religion, but seldom about their intersection. His State Journal story “Battle of the Ash Borer” (featured on Showcase) won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2015 for the small newspaper category.
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 Futures Initiative Communication award. Overbye is 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 nonfiction, 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 based 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 U.S. 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 recognized with the Asian Environmental Journalism Award in 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.