The MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing and the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards invite you to a conversation with STAT’s Helen Branswell, winner of the 2020 George Polk Award for Public Service for her coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Branswell’s talk with Seth Mnookin, director of the MIT program, will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.
To join us, register here.
The talk is sponsored by the AAAS Kavli program as part of its annual fall lecture series. It honors the late Sharon Begley of STAT, who died of cancer in January. The winner of a 2019 AAAS Kavli Gold Award, Begley had been scheduled to give a 2020 AAAS Kavli lecture at MIT until the series was suspended due to the pandemic.
Branswell and Mnookin will discuss Begley’s legacy as one of her generation’s pre-eminent science writers, with a stellar career at Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and STAT. Branswell also will discuss her own award-winning work covering the pandemic and its impact.
Branswell is a senior writer at STAT, covering infectious diseases and global health. She joined STAT, a health-oriented online news site, at its 2015 launch. Previously, she worked for The Canadian Press, where she was medical reporter from 2000 to 2015 for Canada’s equivalent of the Associated Press.
Branswell was a 2004 CDC Knight Fellow, when she embedded in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for three months. She was a 2011 Nieman Global Health Fellow at Harvard, focusing on polio eradication. In addition to her Polk Award, she and her STAT colleagues were 2020 Pulitzer finalists for breaking news for coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. Branswell also won the 2021 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.