The 2009-2010 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Class

By Chris Mooney | May 5, 2009 12:01 pm

This very international group has just been announced, and includes one of your bloggers. I can’t wait to go to MIT for the 2009-2010 academic year, take a break from daily journalism and especially book writing, and work to improve my craft. Don’t worry–I’ve been assured by the Knight Program folks that the blog can continue. These are my future classmates, from whom I’m sure I will learn a great deal:

Michael Barnes, A TV documentary producer from England who has worked on the American science series NOVA.

Marcin Jamkowski, a writer and photographer from Poland who has worked extensively for National Geographic.

Konstantin Kakaes, a writer for The Economist who has been based in Mexico City during the past four years.

Chris Mooney, a blogger and author who has worked for Seed magazine.

Susan Moran, a freelance writer on environmental issues from Boulder, Colorado.

Onche Odeh, senior science and agriculture reporter at the Daily Independent newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mary Otto, a former Washington Post reporter and now editor of Street Sense newspaper in Washington, D.C.

Rowan Philp, senior correspondent at the Sunday Times in Johannesberg, South Africa.

Eugenie Samuel Reich, a British freelance writer who has worked extensively for New Scientist magazine.

Craig Simons, an American reporter who was Beijing bureau chief for the Cox newspapers.

Daniela Hirschfeld, the editor of the magazine GalerĂ­a in Montevideo, Uruguay and a regular contributor to the online news service

Xiaojian Zhao, a health reporter for the magazine Southern Weekly in Beijing, China

More details on the Knight program here.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Media and Science, Personal

Comments (8)

  1. Congratulations! They’re fortunate to have you and I look forward to hanging out in Beantown :)

  2. Jon

    Congrats, Chris! I’ll buy you and Sheril a round of drinks some time in Cambridge if you’re interested.

  3. Congrats! I am supremely confident that you will put Nicholas Cage to shame.

  4. Congrats – see you in Cambridge! :)

  5. MadScientist

    Congratulations! That sounds like a great opportunity to meet all sorts of interesting people. :) Oh – don’t let the stress get to you. You’ve got some great people at MIT but of course the reason they’re one of the tops is that they work like you wouldn’t believe. Why just this morning a colleague was commenting that “Harvard is less stressful than MIT” and I almost told him that’s because they’re “soft” (which isn’t true – there are awesome people there too).

  6. Chris,
    Good on Ya mate, as our Aussie friends would say. But if you take a year off, and Sheril keeps up her stellar production speed, you and she may have the same number of book sout there. Not that either of you is competetive or anything . . . .

  7. anando chowdhury

    Fantastic work and congratulations to you all. Making science accessible to the masses is absolutely one of our key responsibilities and hope that you all will take that on as one of your key missions at and post MIT. Welcome to the Institute!


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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