The North Carolina

Science Writing Workshop



Robin Lloyd is a freelance journalist and editor, as well as a contributing editor for Scientific American and an adjunct professor in New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She was the news editor at Scientific American for several years, overseeing coverage online and in print. She was science editor at and from 2007-2009, following an earlier tour of duty with the same company as a senior science writer. She has also been a science writer in the Communications Department at the American Museum of Natural History and a staff journalist at, the Pasadena-Star News, and City News Service of Los Angeles. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. from Smith College. She completed a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 1998-1999 academic year. She is a current board member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a past board member of National Association of Science Writers. In 2015, she received NASW’s Diane McGurgan Service Award.

Kevin Begos is a reporter, book author, and freelance science journalist whose work has been described as a “model of investigative journalism.” He has won national awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Washington Monthly, The Newspaper Guild of America, and The Associated Press Managing Editors. Kevin is a  former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and a former Associated Press correspondent who still writes book reviews and freelance stories for AP. His work has been published in A Field Guide for Science Writers, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Tablet, and scores of newspapers. His reporting on the North Carolina eugenics program will be featured in a documentary airing on PBS in 2017. Kevin has reported on humanitarian relief efforts from Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, and other countries.

Cat Warren is a professor at NC State University, where she teaches science writing, creative nonfiction, and editing. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, What the Dog Knows, which was long listed for the 2014 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing award. Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, wrote in her NYT book review: "What the Dog Knows is a fascinating, deeply reported journey into scent, death, forensics and the amazing things dogs can do with their noses.” Warren is a former reporter for a number of newspapers, including The Casper Star-Tribune and The Hartford Courant, and has won numerous reporting awards. She also worked at University of Illinois Press as an editor in the journals division, as well as for two university news bureaus. She was editor of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors from 2009-2012. She has a Ph.D. in communications research from University of Illinois, and two master’s degrees in French literature and in journalism.

Karl Bates edits and writes research news for Duke University. He previously had a long career as a science writer for newspapers, and is a former winner of the AAAS Science Writing Award. Karl has served on the EurekaAlert advisory board.

Matt Shipman is Research Communications Lead for NC State University, the author of Handbook for Science Public Information Officers  and a contributor to Science Blogging: The Essential Guide. He also writes the Science Communication Breakdown blog.

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