- BA Smith College (English and Philosophy)
MS M.I.T. (Philosophy)
MS Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- I don't know! I was new last fall when COVID hit! I'll update this term.
- Favorite Place in Washington DC
- Folger Shakespeare Library and looking up at Claes Oldenburg’s giant typewriter eraser in the National Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden
- Book Currently Reading
- “Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard,” by Clare Carlisle
- I was a reporter at Sports Illustrated for nine years, then a projects writer at The Newark Star-Ledger where I won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2011. (I was a finalist in 2009.) Most recently, I was a science writer at The Washington Post for five years, the left to teach and write books full-time. I am the author of four books, two of them NYT bestsellers: “The The Teenage Brain“ and “Becoming Nicole.” I am currently working on a new book, "American Madness," a narrative history of mental illness in America. I collect old typewriters, 1950s Japanese toy robots and the occasional (when affordable) First Edition. I'm no longer a member of the National Press Club -- you don't need to be to go to all the talks -- but I am a proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society.
COMM-719 Longform Storytelling