Science News Correspondent Ann Gibbons Wins 2012 Anthropology in Media Award

Science news correspondent Ann Gibbons has won the 2012 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for a decade’s worth of stories on human origins and evolution.

Susan Gillespie, the chairperson of the AAA Awards Committee that recommended Gibbons for the honor, said Gibbons was recognized for her “lucid accounts of advances in evolutionary anthropology, most prominently in Science as well as other publications and media outlets.”

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Ann Gibbons traveled in 2011 to Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, Russia, to report on a new discovery of archaic human fossils.

[Photo courtesy Ann Gibbons]

The AAA award, established in 1987, honors those who have had “a broad and sustained public impact at local, national, and international levels” in communicating anthropology. Previous awardees include science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, The New York Times correspondent John Noble Wilford, and the late Stephen Jay Gould, a Harvard University evolutionary biologist and popular science author.

“It is extremely encouraging and gratifying to get this award,” Gibbons said. “While I write for diverse audiences and see my role as part educator and part storyteller, it is particularly meaningful to get this award from my sources—anthropologists—who usually know far more than I do about the topics I write about.”

Gibbons began working for Science in 1990. With her long-time editor Elizabeth Culotta, Gibbons has written about new hominin fossils, the evolution of disease, ancient rock art, modern human DNA, and a variety of other topics in evolutionary science. She is the author of the 2006 bestseller, The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors.

Gibbons will receive her award at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in November. The AAA was founded in 1902 and now includes more than 11,000 members, making it the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists.

“Writing about anthropology—and seeing human nature through the lens of evolutionary theory—never gets dull for me,” she said. “This honor is the best possible encouragement to continue writing magazine stories and books about this exciting research.”

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Science news correspondent Ann Gibbons has won the 2012 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for a decade’s worth of stories on human origins and evolution.

Susan Gillespie, the chairperson of the AAA Awards Committee that recommended Gibbons for the honor, said Gibbons was recognized for her “lucid accounts of advances in evolutionary anthropology, most prominently in Science as well as other publications and media outlets.”