Pam Belluck

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Pam Belluck, an American journalist and author, is a health and science writer for The New York Times and author of the nonfiction book Island Practice, which is being developed as a TV series for CBS by Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television.[1][2]

She was a member of The New York Times reporting team that received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.[3] Team members named by The Times were Belluck, Helene Cooper, Sheri Fink, Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Kevin Sack, and Ben C. Solomon.[4]

New York Times[edit]

Belluck has been a staff writer for The Times since 1995, writing about topics as varied as floating islands, Alzheimer's disease, cattle rustling, and the effect of music on the brain. She joined the science and health staff of The Times in 2009 after more than a decade as a national correspondent leading the paper's Midwest and New England bureaus. She previously was the Queens bureau chief and a metropolitan education reporter.

She also covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the Columbine high school shooting, the start of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, and the scandal of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. She has written in-depth projects on Alzheimer's, public housing in Chicago, food safety, end-of-life decisions, and families of children with mental illness.

Island Practice[edit]

Belluck is the author of the non-fiction book Island Practice, about Dr. Timothy Lepore, a surgeon on Nantucket, published in June 2012 by PublicAffairs.[5] In July 2012, Imagine Entertainment optioned the book to develop a TV series with 20th Century Fox Television, and in August 2012 the medical drama was bought by CBS.[6]


Before joining the Times, Belluck was a staff writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a freelance writer for The San Francisco Chronicle. In California, she served as Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Manila and reporting from China, Burma, Thailand, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

She was part of a team of reporters at The Atlanta-Journal Constitution whose work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for general news.

One of her Times articles, on fish shooting in Vermont, was chosen for the anthology The Best American Sports Writing 2005. Another article, on scientists who study their own children, was selected for The Best American Science Writing 2010.


Belluck is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a minor in East Asian studies. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines, a Case Media Fellow at Indiana University, and she won a Knight Journalism Fellowship to spend the 2007-08 academic year at Harvard and MIT.


She is married to investigative reporter and author Bill Dedman.

External links[edit]

  • Pam Belluck archive, The New York Times
  • [1], Pulitzer Prize-winning articles on Ebola
  • [2], "Island Practice"
  • [3], "Current Biography, Pam Belluck, 2012