Gareth Cook

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Gareth Cook
Born 1969
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation journalist
Notable credit(s) 2005: Pulitzer Prize-winner

Gareth Cook (born September 15, 1969) is an American journalist and editor. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.”[1] Cook is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine,[2] is also the series editor of The Best American Infographics and editor of Mind Matters, Scientific American's neuroscience blog. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Wired, and Scientific American.


Cook graduated from Brown University in 1991 with degrees in Mathematical Physics and International Relations. He was an assistant editor at Foreign Policy, a scholarly journal based in Washington, DC. He then worked as a reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and then as an editor at the Washington Monthly. He was the news editor of The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly based in Boston, from 1996-1999. In 1999, he started at The Boston Globe, and worked for seven years as the paper’s science reporter, covering a variety of topics, including biology, physics, paleontology, archeology, the role of women in science and scientific fraud. He was one of the founders of The Boston Globe's Ideas section, and then served as its editor from 2007 to 2011. He is now freelance writer.

His stories have twice appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing: "The Autism Advantage," from the New York Times Magazine, and “Untangling the Mystery of the Inca,” from Wired. He wrote a story arguing that Japan did not surrender at the end of World War II because of the atomic bomb.


Personal life[edit]

He lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with his wife, Amanda, and his two sons, Aidan and Oliver. In 2003 he revealed that he is dyslexic.[3] His Twitter account is @garethideas. His website is