Usha Lee McFarling

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Usha Lee McFarling is an American science reporter who is an Artist In Residence at the University of Washington Department of Communication. She won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.[1]

Biography[edit]

McFarling was born in Germany to an Air Force family.[2] She attended elementary school in Los Angeles.[2] McFarling received a B.A. in biology from Brown University in 1989 (where she was a science reporter for the Brown Daily Herald) and an M.A. in biological psychology/animal behavior from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998.[1][3] McFarling reported for Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, Boston Globe, and San Antonio Light prior to joining the Los Angeles Times, where she was a national science reporter.[1][3] McFarling has reported on a wide variety of science news, including topics such as astrophysics, seismology, neuroscience, medicine, and climate change.[1]

McFarling was a 1992 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[1] McFarling and fellow reporter Kenneth R. Weiss won several prizes for their five-part series "Altered Oceans" for the Los Angeles Times, including (with photojournalist Rick Loomis) the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the same pieces. The citation read: "for their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials."[1][4] For the same series, McFarling and Weiss received the 2006 George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting,[5] the 2007 Grantham Prize of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment,[3] the 2007 American Geophysical Union Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism[6] the 2007 Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science,[7] and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Award.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Faculty - McFarling, Usha Lee." University of Washington Department of Communication.
  2. ^ a b "In the Green Room: Usha McFarling" (November 2, 2009). Zócalo Public Square.
  3. ^ a b c "2007 Grantham Prize Winner." Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.
  4. ^ "The 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Explanatory Reporting." The Pulitzer Prizes.
  5. ^ "2006 George Polk Award Winners." Long Island University.
  6. ^ "2007 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–Features Winner - Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling." American Geophysical Union.
  7. ^ "Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science - 2007" Council of Scientific Society Presidents
  8. ^ "2007 Science in Society Awards" (December 21, 2010). National Association of Science Writers.

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