Stat (website)

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Available inEnglish
HeadquartersBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OwnerBoston Globe Media Partners
Founder(s)John W. Henry
EditorRick Berke
Launched4 November 2015; 6 years ago (2015-11-04)

Stat (stylized STAT, sometimes also called Stat News)[1] is an American health-oriented news website launched on November 4, 2015, by John W. Henry, the owner of The Boston Globe. It is produced by Boston Globe Media and is headquartered in the Globe's own building in Boston.[2][3] Its executive editor is Rick Berke, who formerly worked at both The New York Times and Politico.[4] According to Kelsey Sutton of Politico, the website is Henry's "biggest and most ambitious standalone site yet".[5] The site's name comes from the term "stat", short for statim, or "immediately"—a term that has long been used in medical contexts.

As of February 2016, it had 45 staff members.[3]


Notable stories Stat has broken include one about Robert Califf's research, published after then–President of the United States Barack Obama announced he would be his nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration. The site also uncovered claims made by a vitamin company to which President Donald Trump had licensed his name. The site's reporting has also inspired another presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, to return a contribution that a disgraced former pharmaceutical industry CEO made to his campaign.[1] The site has also sent multiple journalists to Colombia, Haiti, and Brazil to cover the zika outbreaks there.[3][6] Stat began covering the Coronavirus outbreak early, starting with an article[7] by Helen Branswell on 4 January 2020. The site's early coverage led to a surge in reader traffic 4-5 times above typical volumes.[8]

Remdesivir trial leak[edit]

An April 16, 2020 article entitled "Early peek at data on Gilead coronavirus drug suggests patients are responding to treatment"[9] by Adam Feuerstein contained early, incomplete results of a University of Chicago clinical trial of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir, which were leaked to STAT without permission.[10] Shares of Gilead Sciences, the developer of remdesivir, jumped higher in after-hours trading immediately after the report was published.[11] In a statement to CNBC, a University of Chicago spokesperson said, “Partial data from an ongoing clinical trial is by definition incomplete and should never be used to draw conclusions about the safety or efficacy of a potential treatment that is under investigation."[11] Lloyd Doggett, chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, called for an investigation of the leak, noting that "providing information that's designed to impact the stock market is not something that is permitted under federal securities law."[10]


  1. ^ a b Folkenflik, David (4 November 2015). "'Boston Globe' Owner Launches 'Stat News' Site Covering Life Sciences". NPR. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Clark, Anna (23 February 2016). "Why STAT is the media startup to envy". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (4 November 2015). "Boston Globe Owner Set to Start Health News Website". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ Sutton, Kelsey (4 November 2015). "Meet 'Stat,' The Boston Globe's big bet on health news". Politico. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ Owen, Laura Hazard (16 February 2016). "With a quarter of its readers coming from abroad, Stat launches a daily Zika email update". Nieman Journalism Lab. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  7. ^ Branswell, Helen (4 January 2020). "Experts search for answers in limited information about mystery pneumonia outbreak in China". Stat. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  8. ^ Tracy, Marc (30 March 2020). "The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Gilead data suggests coronavirus patients are responding to treatment". STAT. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  10. ^ a b Elizabeth Cohen; Devon M. Sayers. "Congressman calls for SEC investigation into leak about possible coronavirus drug". CNN. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  11. ^ a b Jr, Berkeley Lovelace (2020-04-16). "Gilead stock pops 8% after report says coronavirus drug trial shows encouraging early results". CNBC. Retrieved 2020-07-20.

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