Benedict Carey

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Benedict Carey
Born Benedict James Carey
(1960-03-03) March 3, 1960 (age 55)
San Francisco, California, USA
Occupation journalist
Notable credit(s) Los Angeles Times
New York Times
Spouse(s) Victoria von Biel



Benedict Carey (born 3 March 1960), also known as Ben, is an American journalist and reporter on medical and science topics for The New York Times.


He was born on 3 March 1960 in San Francsico, and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in mathematics in 1983.[1] In 1985 he enrolled in a one-year journalism program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and in 1987 joined the staff of San Francisco-based medical science magazine Hippocrates.

From 1997 he worked as a freelance journalist in Los Angeles, before securing a position as the health and fitness writer for The Los Angeles Times. A 2002 article on the health effects of drinking eight glasses of water a day won a University of Missouri Lifestyle Award.

Since 2004 Carey has worked as a science and medical writer for The New York Times.

He is the author of two science/math adventures for middle-schoolers, one called "Island of the Unknowns," and the other called "Poison Most Vial" [1]. He has also written a forthcoming book about learning science titled "How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about Where When and Why it Happens."

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  1. ^ Leibach, Julie (2007). "Backgrounder:Benedict Carey.". Bullpen, NYU Department of Journalism. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 

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