2019 Logan Science Journalism Fellows


Biomedical Fellows

Harini Barath Harini Barath is a freelance science journalist based in Hanover, New Hampshire. She writes about science and science careers in India and the United States, covering a wide range of topics—life sciences, health, environment, and physics. Her writing has appeared in Nature, The Wire, Dartmouth News, IndiaBioscience and The Lindau Blog. The stories that excite her the most are those that lie at the intersection of physics and biology.

Meclina ChirwaMeclina Chirwa is a health journalist at Timveni Radio and Television in Malawi, Africa, which she joined in 2015. She reports on health and also produces and presents health programs for radio and television. Passionate about health issues, she has produced stories on safe childbirth conditions, access to contraceptives, and other challenges of health services delivery. A journalist since 2007, Meclina has a diploma in journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism and has since attended training meetings on tuberculosis, tobacco, and HIV/AIDS. She is a youth activist and believes strongly in empowering and investing in youth.

Mélissa Guillemette Mélissa Guillemette is a French-Canadian journalist based in Montreal. She works at Quebec Science, the only Canadian science magazine aimed at a general audience, where she covers everything from astrophysics to psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Quebec at Montreal and the University of Leeds, U.K. She loves patterns, leaf insects, and semicolons.

Nicole MaranhasNicole Maranhas writes about research for the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island. She is a former associate editor of Rhode Island Monthly magazine and instructor at San Jose State University, and has contributed as a freelance writer for various regional publications. Her work has been honored by the Rhode Island Press Association and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for excellence in feature writing.

Christie TaylorChristie Taylor is a producer for the New York-based public radio show Science Friday, which has broadcast live interviews with scientific researchers for nearly 30 years. Besides researching and producing weekly segments on everything from Alzheimer’s research to topsoil erosion, Christie also focuses heavily on the intersection of science and the arts. Her radio reporting has also appeared on New York Public Radio and Connecticut Public Radio, and she previously worked as a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio’s statewide morning talk show.

Olivia WillisOlivia Willis is a Sydney-based health reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She covers the latest in medical research and public health for ABC Science, Australia’s preeminent science journalism unit, providing context and analysis of major health stories. Olivia regularly appears on ABC Radio and TV to talk about science, health and well being. She is a founding producer of the award-winning women’s health podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk, which is now in its third season. She has worked as a reporter, producer, and presenter for multiple programs on ABC RN (an Australia-wide public radio network), including the top-rating RN Breakfast, All in the Mind, Science Friction, and Health Report. Prior to joining the ABC, Olivia worked as a freelance journalist and presented and produced radio for Australia’s largest community radio station, 3RRR.

Environmental Fellows

Pakinam AmerPakinam Amer is a 2018-2019 Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a virtual reality and emerging technology enthusiast. Prior to her Knight fellowship, she was chief editor of Nature Middle East, the regional edition of Nature magazine. During her journalism career, she has worked for wire and online media including the Associated Press, the German Press Agency, Egypt Today, and Business Today. Before becoming a science journalist, Pakinam reported on current affairs, politics, and conflict in Egypt and the Arab world. She also produced and hosted the Middle East’s first science podcast in English.

Olga DobrovidovaOlga Dobrovidova is a science and environment journalist based in Moscow, Russia. She has worked for the country’s two major news wire services, RIA Novosti and TASS, and is currently a senior editor at N+1, Russia’s most cited science news website. Olga was a MIT Knight Science Journalism fellow (2014-15) and a member of the McKinsey & Co. Next Generation Women Leaders class of 2014. Her work has appeared in Chrdk.ru, GEO, Russia Beyond, Nature, and other publications. Olga teaches science journalism and science communications at ITMO University in St. Petersburg and the University of Tyumen School of Advanced Studies. She is the vice president for science journalism at AKSON, the Russian science communicators association. Her interests include climate change and sustainable development, science policy and ethics, and investigative reporting.

Richard Kemeny Richard Kemeny is a British freelance science journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. He writes about archaeology, biology, ecology, environmental research and policy, marine science, and technology. His work has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, New Scientist, Sapiens, and Hakai Magazine, among others, and he has worked as an audio producer and editor for The Economist, BBC World Service, and SciDev.Net. Richard holds a master’s degree in science journalism from City University, London.

Sarah Mizes-TanSarah Mizes-Tan is a general assignment reporter at WCAI, the Cape and Islands’ NPR station, where her stories tend toward environment and energy coverage. Since joining WCAI a year ago, she’s reported on aquaculture, offshore wind turbines, and many topics in between. She formerly freelanced for several local and national radio stations and publications in the San Francisco Bay Area and in New Orleans. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Johns Hopkins University.

Lucy SherriffLucy Sherriff is a British multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is currently producing a documentary on oil fields and environmental racism in Los Angeles, as well as reporting for the BBC. She also freelances for publications including Al Jazeera, CNN, The Washington Post and The Atlantic, and most of her work focuses on social and environmental justice. Previously, she was based in Colombia.

Catherine WiseCatherine (Cat) Wise is an award-winning independent producer, content creator, and a Special Correspondent for the national PBS NewsHour, where she has two decades of journalism experience. Cat has traveled throughout the United State and internationally covering a wide variety of issues including science, the environment, education, health care, politics, technology, the arts, and breaking news. In 2017, she won an American Association for the Advancement of Science Silver Award for feature news reporting.  She’s been a member of three NewsHour reporting teams nominated for national Emmy awards for stories about Cuba, the Affordable Care Act, and the opioid epidemic.  During a three-year global health assignment, she and her colleagues received a number of recognitions including a National Press Club Award for a report about AIDS funding in Mozambique.