Past Event

Editor Night at SPS: What we learned in the pandemic

October 27, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 World Room

Editor Night at SPS: What we learned in the pandemic

Science Journalism—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


The COVID-19 pandemic that began in the spring of 2020, and which we are still living through, was perhaps the biggest science story since the moon landing in 1969.

What have science journalists learned from it?

Laura Helmuth, the editor in chief of the nation’s oldest continuously published magazine, Scientific American, will offer her perceptions in a live in-person interview with Claudia Dreifus, instructor in Columbia's M.S. in Sustainability Management program and one of the world's leading science interviewers, on October 27 in the World Room, Pulitzer Hall, at 6:00 p.m.

Laura Helmuth, who was the science and health editor of the Washington Post for four years, joined Scientific American in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic as its ninth editor in chief. There she has guided the publication through the twin storms of a worldwide pandemic and an economic crisis within print media.

Helmuth, who has a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley, is also the former science editor of Smithsonian Magazine and the former science and health editor at Slate.

In 2017–2018, she served as the President of the National Association of Science Writers.

Dreifus teaches science journalism to scientists at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. She is a contributor to the New York Times, Quanta, the Nation and CNN.

This event is sponsored by the M.S. in Sustainability Management program of the School of Professional Studies.

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