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Health Leaders Media: News for hospital administrators. 2014-2017. Sample. A hospital handles a mass shooting.


Medscape Medical News: Reporting on new research and meetings, 2011-present. Sample: Reporting from the 2019 World Congress of Dermatology meeting.


Nature Boston: Staff blogger, 2010-2012. Sample: Starting out in science: Boston researchers share lessons from their first jobs.

CaptureUndark magazine: Resurrecting the Heath Hen. De-extinction science hopes to one day bring back passenger pigeons or wooly mammoths. But the lowly heath hen of Martha’s Vineyard might be first. October 17, 2016

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The Boston Globe:  Gay history comes alive at the Mount Auburn Cemetery. July 8, 2016. Since it’s June, aa volunteer leads visitors on a “Pride Week Walk.”

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The Boston Globe: Wicked Cyclone coaster is ahead of the curve in Agawam. Once the rickety wooden cousin to the park’s steel coasters, the 32-year-old Cyclone has been remade with a new type of metal track. August 1, 2015

Riding the Wicked Cyclone with the Go Pro from Tinker Ready on Vimeo.

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The Boston Globe: The rose maven of the Public Garden. A profile of China Altman, leader of the volunteers who tend to the park’s rose beds. August 28, 2012

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 December 27, 2009 and WAMC, Albany, New York

Boston Health News blog. Lnature boston ssaunched February, 2009

Nature Network Boston: 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. January 28, 2008

Globe layoutThe Boston Globe: Lightman’s dream: MIT physicist and author empowers young Cambodian women by building a dormitory for them in Phnom Penh. November 19, 2007

Nature Network Boston: Campus donors ask for more: The recent controversy surrounding MIT neuroscience raises questions about how much power philanthropists have over universities. November 9, 2006

Fast CompanyNot invented here — Drug companies now look to outside labs for new drugs. April 2007

The Washington Post: Divided Loyalties? Nonprofit Health Advocacy Groups Like to Portray Themselves as Patients’ Allies. Can They Serve Corporate Benefactors at the Same Time? Lead story, “Health” section. January 7, 2006

Award winners

Healing traditions: Americans have only recently begun to experiment with body work, herbs, acupuncture, and other forms of Oriental medicine. Cambodians have been doing it forever. The Boston Phoenix, June 21, 2001. New England Press Association awards, honorable mention.

To Be Set Free: A young woman waits for a new set of lungs. Cystic fibrosis is catching up with her.  The News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina. First prize, profiles, North Carolina Press Association awards, 1995


A cure for complacency : Partners in Health convinced the world that it is wrong to let poor people die of tuberculosis. Now they want to do the same thing for AIDS. The Boston Phoenix, March 2, 2001

Science for Sale : A Harvard researcher could profit from a product he “independently” reviewed for the National Institutes of Health. The scientific community, dependent on corporate money, has no clear way to handle such conflicts. The Boston Phoenix, April 29, 1999


Los Angeles Times: All but Forgotten  Ten years after the FDA removed silicone implants from the market, regulators say they are safe. For many women who opted for implants, the years since the controversy died down have been especially hard. October 1, 2001

The Boston Globe: Are lung cancer victims second class citizens? The debate over lung cancer screening. July 11, 2000

Los Angeles Times: Lung cancer gender gap emerges and impacts younger women, including many non-smokers,  March 26, 2001

Children of the Revolution: Two weeks in the life of an alternative newspaper at Boston University (and a break from the health care beat.) The Boston Phoenix , December 9, 1999

A lab of one’s own: A profile of the feminist scientists at The Silent Spring Institute, The Boston Phoenix, December 10, 1998

More from The News & Observer

clip misadventures (2)In North Carolina, fatal medical ‘misadventures’ kept under wraps. By Tinker Ready and Pat Stith. 1995

Coastline Cassandra gets helping hand from Fran. A trip to the coast with Orrin Pilkey, renegade geologist and defender of disappearing beaches. 1996

A young woman waits for a new set of lungs. Cystic fibrosis is catching up with her. 1994

The Doctor and his Breast Implants.  Can doctors with financial ties to medical products put a patient’s best interests ahead of their own? Or do potential payoffs cloud their medical judgment? March 1994

In North Carolina, poor conditions at rest homes for the elderly went virtually unpunished by the state. Owners benefited; patients didn’t. 1991

From the Utne Reader’s New Planet section

Good Vibrations ? Two new forms of natural healing get mixed reviews. January/February 2001

Pork Futures: The problems and perils of xenotransplantation, Jan./Feb. 2000.

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