Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141
Tinkerr *at* comcast *dot* net
Seasoned reporter covering health and science for national newspapers, magazines and websites.
College-level writing and journalism instructor.
Writing and reporting: Deep portfolio of investigative, enterprise and health/science beat stories.
Content management: WordPress, Movable Type, Blogger.
Deadline reporting: Capable of quick turnaround on assignments.
Video: Basic video with flip camera, DSLR and iPhone. Editing with Final Cut X.
Radio: Trained in field reporting and mixing with Pro Tools, Audition.
Founder and editor: Boston Health News blog.
Freelancer for publications and websites including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Nature Network Boston, Fast Company, Parents, Organic Gardening, Mass Device and Nature Medicine.
Nature Boston: Staff blogger, 2010-2012.
The News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina. Health reporter, 1990-1997.
The Cambodia Daily, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Special projects editor, 1996.
HealthWeek, Washington, D.C. bureau. Associate editor, 1988-1990.
Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Connecticut. Reporter, 1984-1988.
Valley Advocate, Springfield, Massachusetts. Staff writer, 1982-1984.
The rose maven of the Public Garden. The Boston Globe, August 28, 2012. A profile of China Altman, leader of the volunteers who tend to the park’s rose beds.
Add “fugitive methane” to fracking’s problems. Fanjen Times, Fall, 2011.
Radio: Overdose prevention: Still using, but still alive. Massachusetts and other states are trying a new approach to heroin addiction that aims at keeping addicts alive until they can get sober. The Health Show, WAMC, Albany, New York. 2010. Click for mp3 or via PRX page
Radio: On the way to wired medicine: A Massachusetts town struggles to create a health information network. Radio report, WBUR, Boston Dec 27, 2009 and WAMC, Albany, New York.
“Debate mounts over proposed biotech tax breaks” : Critics of Gov. Patrick’s $1 billion life sciences bill question whether the drug development industry in Massachusetts needs financial help from the state. Jan 28, 2008, Nature Network Boston, Jan 28, 2008
Campus donors ask for more: The recent controversy surrounding MIT neuroscience raises questions about how much power philanthropists have over universities. Nature Network Boston. Nov 9, 2006
“ Lightman’s dream:” MIT physicist and author empowers young Cambodian women by building a dormitory for them in Phnom Penh. The Boston Globe, November 19, 2007
“Divided Loyalties? Nonprofit health advocacy groups like to portray themselves as patients’ allies. Can they serve corporate benefactors at the same time? The Washington Post, January 7, 2006
A profile of Dr. Susan Hockfield, the first biomedical scientist to become president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nature Medicine, Feburary, 2005
“Split Decision, A New Effort Aims to Sway Breast Cancer Patients to Opt for Conservative Rather Than Radical Surgery.” The Washington Post October 19, 2004
“At the autograph hole, Red Sox fans create their own lineup.” A short feature from Fenway Park. The Boston Globe, October 3, 2004
“The color of money: As the line between academia and industry blurs, conflict-of-interest issues have gone from black and white to all shades in between.” Nature Medicine, November 2003.
“EMS and heart attacks: Can emergency angioplasty save more lives?” The Washington Post, April 1, 2003
Awards and Fellowships
2003 and 2001: Grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
New England Press Association awards, honorable mention for Healing Traditions, The Boston Phoenix, 2001
North Carolina Press Association awards, 1994, First prize, “To be set free” a story of a young woman’s wait for a lung transplant. The News & Observer, November 6, 1994.
1991: Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, Biotechnology fellowship.
Master of Arts in Journalism, 2005
Thesis: “The relationship between the medical industry and health care charities:
A challenge for journalists.” Recipient: Paul E. Hirshon award for academic achievement and professional ethics.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies and Journalism, 1981
Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, 1976-1978
Boston University College of Communication: Online Journalism, 2012, Introduction to Communication Writing, 2005-present
Northeastern University School of Journalism: Journalism 201, 2006-present