Sheri Fink

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Sheri Lee Fink
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Fink, 2016
Sheri Lee Fink

EducationUniversity of Michigan (B.S.), Stanford University (Ph.D., M.D.)
OccupationJournalist, Author
EmployerThe New York Times
Known forInvestigative journalism
Notable work
Five Days at Memorial, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, 2010 Edit this at Wikidata

Sheri Fink is an American journalist who writes about health, medicine and science.

She received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting "for a story that chronicles the urgent life-and-death decisions made by one hospital’s exhausted doctors when they were cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina".[1] She was also 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.[2] Team members named by The Times were Pam Belluck, Helene Cooper, Fink, Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Kevin Sack, and Ben C. Solomon.[3]

As of April 2014, Fink is a staff reporter for The New York Times.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Fink was born in Detroit. In 1990, Fink graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in psychology.[5] Fink received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1998 and an M.D. in 1999 from Stanford University.[6]

Fink went to assist refugees on the Kosovo-Macedonia border during the war in Kosovo[7] instead of attending her medical school graduation.


After graduating from medical school, Fink became involved in humanitarian aid work in disaster and war zones with the International Medical Corps, including Kosovo, Iraq, Bosnia, Macedonia and Mozambique.[7] She also developed a career in journalism.[7] Fink is a senior fellow with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a senior Future Tense fellow at New America Foundation, and formerly, a staff reporter at ProPublica in New York.[6] Her articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American.

Fink has contributed to the public radio news magazine Public Radio International (PRI)'s The World covering a number of topics including the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and international aid in development, conflict and disaster settings.[8] In 2007, she taught a course at Tulane University on "public health issues in crisis situations".[9] She was a 2007–2008 Kaiser Media Fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation.[6]

In August 2009 Fink published The Deadly Choices at Memorial, an investigative piece, in the New York Times Magazine.[10] The article, which distilled over two years of reporting, described the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in 2005.[11]


In March 2010 The Deadly Choices at Memorial was awarded second place in the "Large Magazine" category of the Association of Health Care Journalists's (AHCJ) Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.[12] The following month Fink was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the article.[13]

The article also won a 2010 National Magazine Award for Reporting, and the 2010 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma given by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[14] She was a finalist for the 2010 Michael Kelly Award.[15]

Fink's 2013 book Five Days at Memorial, which expanded on her 2009 article, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction (2013),[16][17] the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest (2013),[18] the Ridenhour Book Prize (2014),[19] and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award (2015).[20][21]


  • Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, First edition, New York : Crown Publishers, 2013. ISBN 9780307718969
  • Fink, Sheri. War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival, First edition, New York: Public Affairs, 2003. ISBN 9781586482671


  1. ^ "The 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Investigative Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "2015 Pulitzer Prizes".
  3. ^ Times, The New York (20 April 2015). "2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music" – via
  4. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (January 11, 2014). "The Times, From the Top: Looking Ahead". New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  5. ^ Fink, Sheri (29 Oct 2013). "NYT Op-Ed by Sheri L. Fink, '90 BS Psychology, on the Lessons of Storms Katrina and Sandy". Ann Arbor: LSA University of Michigan Department of Psychology. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Sheri Fink, MD, PhD". Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Harvard University. 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Neeper, Shawnee (30 May 2010). "Suture or Shoot". Stanford Medicine. Stanford. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ "ProPublica — ProPublica". ProPublica.
  9. ^ Marzorati, Gerald (August 27, 2009), "Editor's Letter", New York Times, retrieved February 22, 2014
  10. ^ Sheri Fink (August 25, 2009). "The Deadly Choices at Memorial". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Contest Entries". Association of Health Care Journalists. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "2009 winners named in health journalism awards". Association of Health Care Journalists. March 21, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Fink, Sheri. "Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting: Deadly Choices at Memorial". ProPublica. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  14. ^ Andrew Van Dam. "Fink wins Dart award for Memorial story". Association of Health Care Journalists. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Past Finalists - The Michael Kelly Award". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  17. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Award Winners for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  18. ^ "2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners Announced". April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  19. ^ "The Ridenhour Book Prize". April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  20. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (May 13, 2015). "PEN announces award-winners and shortlists". LA Times. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  21. ^ "2015 PEN Literary Award Winners". Retrieved May 14, 2015.

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