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Propublica’s Caroline Chen named UW’s Fall Science Journalist in Residence


For the next two weeks, Caroline Chen will virtually visit the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus as the fall 2021 Science Journalist in Residence over the next two weeks, the UW announced on Tuesday.

Chen will visit several undergraduate and graduate-level courses in a virtual format the final week of October and the first week of November. She will headline a free, hybrid in-person/virtual panel discussion with UW–Madison experts on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., as part of the Crossroads of Ideas public lecture series.

“We are excited to have Caroline talk to students at UW–Madison,” says Pat Hastings, a distinguished faculty associate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in a statement. Hastings, along with faculty associate Stacy Forster and members of the University Communication research communications team, coordinates the Science Journalist in Residence Program. “She brings a wealth of reporting experience from her years covering health care for ProPublica and other media, and her reporting on the coronavirus pandemic is extensive.”

Chen covers health care for ProPublica, and her work spans public health, the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and health care regulators, according to a press release from UW, and has spent much of the last 20 months covering the coronavirus pandemic for the investigative journalism newsroom. Chen grew up in Hong Kong, where she experienced the 2003 SARS pandemic firsthand. In college, she majored in English and minored in math, and then earned her master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. Today, she lives in Northern California.

Chen’s stories about a heart transplant program in New Jersey that was prioritizing metrics over patient care won the Livingston Award for local reporting, given to journalists younger than 35. You can read more about her here.