2021 Fellows

Biomedical Fellows

biernath-photo-screenshot_20201002-092752André Biernath is a Brazilian science journalist who recently joined BBC Brazil as its health and science reporter. From 2011 through September 2020 he worked for Veja Saúde, a publication by Editora Abril, during which time he covered more than 100 national and international scientific congresses and won or was nominated for more than 10 journalism awards. He is one of the founders and the first president of the Brazilian Network of Journalists and Science Communicators (RedeComCiência).


ambika-kandasamyAmbika Kandasamy is a journalist interested in science and world news. After receiving her M.S. in Journalism from Boston University, she worked as a reporter and an assistant news editor at the San Francisco Public Press, covering various issues including environmental policies and scientific research initiatives. In 2012, she was awarded the Women Immigrants Fellowship by New America Media, for which she produced an in-depth piece on the reintegration struggles of survivors of human trafficking. Since then, she has worked as a news editor at GlobalPost, as a managing editor at Shareable, and as an audience development consultant at FRONTLINE (PBS).


judith-pyke-head-shot2Judith Pyke is a multi-award winning director, writer and producer whose work has aired on networks all over the world. She recently produced, directed, co-wrote Living Colour for CBC’s The Nature of Things, a program that featured world-class scientists who are fascinated by how we experience color and extraordinary people who see color in unique ways. The film won a Silver Medal Award for Best Direction and a Finalist Award for Best Documentary – Science and Technology at the New York Festivals, and received two Leo Award nominations.  Judith also produced, directed and wrote Inseparable for CBC, which won a 2018 Platinum Remi Award, two bronze medals at the 2019 New York Festivals, and nominations for a 2019 Canadian Screen Award (Canada’s version of the Emmys), a 2018 Golden Sheaf Award,  2 Leo Awards and a Canadian Cinema editor’s award.  In 2018, Judith was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for her film Cracking Cancer, which she also co-wrote and story edited.


mattreynoldsheadshotMatt Reynolds is the science editor of WIRED UK magazine, where he writes and edits stories about everything from eel trafficking to gene-edited tomatoes. He’s particularly interested in longform science writing and stories that sit at the boundary of what might be considered science. He recently wrote a book about the future of food which will be published by Penguin in September 2021. Before joining WIRED UK he was a technology reporter at New Scientist magazine.


frank-swain-credit-david-vintinerFrank Swain is an award-winning science writer from the United Kingdom. He has written for New Scientist, MIT Technology Review, Hakai, Wired, the BBC and more, and produced content for TV and radio. His interests include technology, the environment, disability and medicine. He lives in Barcelona, Spain with his cat Chester.


Havovi Todd, Health and Science Correspondent, Associated Press Television News (London, UK)


Environmental Fellows

bagenstose-headshotKyle Bagenstose is an environmental and investigative reporter for USA Today, where he writes about climate change, flooding, drinking water contamination and other issues. Previously, he spent four years covering the environmental beat in the Delaware Valley for a trio of community newspapers outside Philadelphia.  His years-long investigation of major drinking water contamination near a pair of military bases there won a pair of national awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists. He resides in Philadelphia.


anna-clark_31Anna Clark is a journalist in Detroit who is especially interested in the intersection of built environments and natural environments. She is the author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, which won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. It was named one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Public Library, Audible, and others. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle, the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, Planet Detroit, and CityLab, among other publications. Anna has been a Fulbright fellow in Kenya and a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.


tatiana-pardo-ibarra-2019-07-12-at-09-44-58Tatiana Pardo Ibarra is a freelance science journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. She has worked for the two most important newspapers in the country: El Tiempo and El Espectador. She writes about environment, human rights, indigenous peoples and the relationship between armed conflict and nature. She is also a professor of journalism and climate change.


Sonali Prasad is an independent journalist from India covering science, climate, and environmental issues. She recently finished her Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. Her stories have taken different forms, from print, video, data visualization to art and installations. Her work has been published in several outlets such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, Hakai Magazine, Mongabay, and Esquire Singapore.

Previously, she worked as an investigative reporter at Columbia University’s Energy and Environment Project, and her team’s series on dirty fossil fuel projects won an Honorable Mention at the Society Of Environmental Journalists awards. She has also worked on an innovative team project combining technology and storytelling to pull out coral reef health data from underwater images. She is a former Google News Lab Fellow and Pulitzer Traveling Fellow.


pruna-andresAndres Pruna is a Los Angeles-based producer for primetime newscasts including Univision, NBC and ABC. Growing up, Andres travelled with his father, a wildlife filmmaker, all over Argentina, Venezuela and the Patagonia region, and learned about filming in the wild. After obtaining a B.A. in filmmaking in Santa Barbara, Calif., he now specializes in news on the environment, science and climate change, striving to explain complex science in an approachable, interesting way. Over the years Andres’ work has been recognized with multiple regional Emmys, Edward R. Murrows and other awards. Locations for filming include the Amazon jungle, Latin America, underwater marine life shoots, science labs and archeological digs.


mollysegal_headshot_2inx2inMolly Segal is a reporter, producer, and documentary-maker, whose work focuses on climate change, environment, and science stories for radio and podcasts. Always ready for a reporting adventure, Molly’s toolkit includes bear spray and binoculars along with mics and a recorder. Her long-form audio work has taken her up in helicopters over remote mountain tops, to the side of scree slopes looking for fossils, or riding along with scientists capturing grizzlies. She was a 2019-2020 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, where she researched how people relate to large, toothy animals. Most recently, she is a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio show about climate change, What On Earth. She has given talks about field reporting to universities in Canada, the U.S., and Germany.