BOSTON — STAT, the nation’s leading health, science and medicine publication, today announced the expansion of its reporting and events teams.
After a months long search and the screening of 125 candidates, we have selected Megan Molteni of WIRED as our new Science Writer. Megan is known for her peerless instincts for identifying story targets; her engaging and eloquent story-telling; and her command of subjects like genomics that matter so deeply to STAT readers. During nearly five years at WIRED (where she was first brought on by STAT’s Katie Palmer), Megan fashioned a beat covering DNA, big data, stem cells, gene drives, immunotherapy, organoids, genetic surveillance, and, of course, CRISPR. Since the pandemic, she has deftly pivoted to covering the science of Covid-19.
Perhaps because she studied molecular biology at Carleton College, Megan is comfortable parsing dense manuscripts on deadline and contextualizing them within the existing body of evidence. After Carleton, Megan got a master’s of journalism at UC Berkeley, where her thesis adviser was Michael Pollan, and went on to freelance and work at various publications including Discover magazine before joining WIRED.
At STAT, her focus will be on the revolution happening in the life sciences — covering the geneticists, chemical engineers, neuroscientists, and synthetic biologists making discoveries that hold the potential to change the way we live, procreate, and die. Part of her job, she says, is “opening a window into the process of discovery, and the ways new technologies are evolving and accelerating that process.”
Usha Lee McFarling needs no introduction. As a Los Angeles correspondent for us from the early days, she has produced some of our most memorable stories. Usha returned to us at the start of the pandemic to spend months writing penetrating, ahead-of-the-curve stories on Covid’s impact on marginalized communities, including Filipino nurses, the Cherokee Nation, and immigrants.
Now, Usha will take on an enlarged role as our National Science Correspondent. While we’ve asked her to produce a steady flow of science stories from the West Coast, her focus this year will be a project on the obstacles to racial equity in scientific and medical institutions, government, academia, and business. She is so perfectly suited to take on this vital initiative: Usha’s stories stand out for their fresh angles, deep reporting, and empathy for the communities she is covering.
Usha is one of the most respected reporters covering science and health, having reported for the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Knight Ridder Washington Bureau. In 2007, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for her work on the diseased state of the world’s oceans. She is a graduate of Brown, and also has a master’s from UC Berkeley.
Nicholas St. Fleur has been such an insightful and spirited colleague since coming to us in September as a Knight-Wallace Fellow that we are delighted that he will join STAT permanently in the newly created role of Associate Editorial Director of Events. Nick, a consummate collaborator, will work closely with Matthew Herper in conceiving, organizing, and moderating STAT’s virtual and, eventually, live events. Nick will use his creativity, resourcefulness, and science background to generate new ideas and brainstorm with STAT reporters and editors.
Nick’s responsibilities will include overseeing the editorial piece of STAT+ Conversations as well as playing an important role in other STAT events and, of course, the summits. He will help us think ambitiously and provocatively about topics to tackle and specific panelists, with an eye to bringing more diversity to our programming.
Beyond events, which will account for most of his focus, Nick is already plotting with us to come up with a podcast he could host, and other multimedia roles that would fit well with events. Like Matt, Nick’s job will leverage his reporting. In addition to his events role, Nick will be a general assignment reporter, continuing to focus on what brought him to us in the first place: writing about the intersection of race and science.
Nick received a B.S. in biology from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He previously worked for The New York Times and The Atlantic, among other outlets.
Nick still has more than a month to go on his fellowship, and he will start his new job on Monday, May 3, just in time for the Health Tech Summit a week later.
These new roles are both thrilling and important to STAT and our expanding journalistic ambitions.
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