Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. She is currently covering the Covid-19 pandemic for The New York Times. Her new book, The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness, was published in June 2020. She is also the author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, which was longlisted for the PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Emily’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, and elsewhere. Her magazine features have won several awards, including the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the NASW Science in Society Journalism Award.

Emily is currently an instructor and thesis advisor at MIT’s Graduate Program of Science Writing. Previously, she was an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she also studied creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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NASW Science in Society Journalism Award, Finalist, 2021
AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, Gold Award, 2018
NASW Science in Society Journalism Award, Winner, 2018
NIHCM Foundation Health Care Print Journalism Award, Finalist, 2017
NIHCM Foundation Health Care Print Journalism Award, Winner, 2016
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Winner, 2014
PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, Longlisted, 2014


Emily has discussed her work on many TV shows, radio programs, and podcasts, including PBS NewsHour, Fresh Air, Marketplace, 99% Invisible, Science Friday, The Indicator from Planet Money, The Brian Lehrer Show, Scientific American's Science Talk, BBC Radio, The Guardian's Science Weekly Podcast, Animal Radio, Newstalk Radio Ireland, Radio New Zealand, and many more.


Emily is available for freelance writing and editing, lectures, and webinars. She also offers coaching, pitch review, and professional development for freelance journalists and aspiring authors.



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