2012–13 Knight Science Journalism Fellows announced

30th class will study science, health, environment and technology at MIT.


Knight Science Journalism at MIT has selected 12 journalists from five countries for its 30th class of fellows. The following journalists will study science, health, environment and technology at MIT during academic year 2012–13: 

  • Karen Brown is a reporter/producer for New England Public Radio in Amherst, Mass., who specializes in mental health journalism.
  • Pablo Correa is an editor for El Espectador newspaper, based in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Amanda Gefter is a freelance physics writer based in Cambridge, Mass., whose work appears primarily in New Scientist.
  • Cynthia Graber of Somerville, Mass., is a freelance radio producer and print reporter whose work appears in PRI’s “The World,” Scientific American’s “60-Second Science” podcast and a variety of regional and national magazines.
  • John Higgins is the K-12 education reporter for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.
  • John Muchangi Njiru of Nairobi, Kenya, is a science features writer for the Star Newspaper.
  • Joe Rojas-Burke is a Portland-based science writer on staff at The Oregonian newspaper, and a contributing writer with Consumer Reports publications in New York.
  • Angela Saini is freelance journalist and author based in London who also reports regularly for BBC radio shows.
  • Elana Schor is a staff reporter for Environment & Energy Daily/Greenwire and is based in Washington.
  • Rochelle Sharpe is a freelance journalist in Brookline, Mass., who has worked most recently with the Center for Public Integrity, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and AARP Bulletin. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, AARP Bulletin, and Kaiser Health News.
  • Heather Smith is a San Francisco Bay-area freelance science writer who is currently working on a book titled Insects: A Human History.
  • Ying Yuan is a Beijing-based reporter for Southern Weekly who specializes in climate change and energy.

The new Knight Fellows were chosen by a committee composed of Philip J. Hilts, director, Knight Science Journalism at MIT; science writer Charles Petit; Boyce Rensberger, former director, Knight Science Journalism at MIT; Carey Goldberg, health reporter for WBUR-FM; Hanna Rose Shell, assistant professor, MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society; and John Durant, director of the MIT Museum.


Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Journalism, Science writing

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