Donald McNeil Jr.

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Donald Gerard McNeil Jr. (born February 1, 1954 San Francisco, California) is a science and health journalist for the New York Times.[1]


He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in rhetoric. He started at the Times in 1976 as a copy boy.[2] He left in 1979 to teach journalism at Columbia University while studying history. From 1995 to 2002, he was a foreign correspondent based in South Africa and France. In 2013, he was featured in an acclaimed documentary about AIDS drugs, Fire In the Blood.[3]

He lives in Brooklyn. He has two daughters and a stepson.



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