Santa Fe Institute

Journalism Fellowship in Complex Systems

The SFI Journalism Fellowship In Complex Systems identifies accomplished journalists with an interest in issues that complexity science can help address. While we do not require or expect a selected fellow to cover the Institute’s work, we do hope he or she will take advantage of this rare access to SFI’s approach, people, and education programs and acquire an immersive knowledge of the methods and tools modern science can bring to bear on some of the most important problems of our time. (Note: This fellowship is on hold. No fellowships are being offered in 2016.)

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Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison is a Chicago-based journalist and commentator focused on the intersection of business, science and markets. Since 2011, he has covered topics ranging from climate change to corporate takeovers for Breakingviews, Reuters' financial commentary service. Prior to Reuters, he wrote for the Financial Times from London, New York, and San Francisco. He also worked at an investment bank. Kevin's work has appeared in The New York Times' DealBook, the International Herald Tribune, and Slate. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Missouri, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. Kevin plans to spend August 2015 at SFI.

Catalina Arevalo

Catalina (Caty) Arevalo is a science writer and multimedia communicator. For the last decade she has worked as a correspondent, editor, and producer for the world’s largest Spanish-language news organization, EFE, primarily covering climate change, energy, biodiversity, and sustainable development. Based in Madrid, she was co-founder of EFEverde, EFE’s online platform for environmental news. Arevalo is expert in climate change communication, and she authored a study on climate change coverage in Europe for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at Oxford University. She was also a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She plans to spend January and June 2015 at the Institute.

Christie Aschwanden

Christie Aschwanden is a science journalist at fivethirtyeight.com. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including SmithsonianPopular ScienceNew ScientistDiscoverScience and NPR.org. She also writes a health column for the Washington Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her Last Word On Nothing post about science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure won the National Association of Science Writers’ 2013 Science in Society Award for Commentary/Opinion, and she was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011. She previously has been a fellow of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the Carter Center, and she’s a frequent speaker at journalism and scientific conferences. She plans to spend May 2015 at the Institute.

Rhitu Chatterjee

Rhitu Chatterjee has worked as a public radio and science journalist for nearly a decade. She covers stories about science, health, the environment – and places where they intersect. She currently lives in New Delhi, where she also covers poverty and development. She recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to investigate India’s free school lunch program, one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the world. You can hear her stories on PRI’s The World, and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She also writes for Science magazine, the BBC’s online magazine, and blogs like NPR’s Goats & Soda and Salt. She plans to spend April and May 2015 at SFI.

Laurence Gonzales

Miller Scholar 2016 - 2017

Kevin Allison

Journalism Fellow

Kevin Allison is a Chicago-based journalist and commentator focused on the intersection of business, science and markets. Since 2011, he has covered topics ranging from climate change to corporate takeovers for Breakingviews, Reuters' financial commentary service. Prior to Reuters, he wrote for the Financial Times from London, New York, and San Francisco. He also worked at an investment bank. Kevin's work has appeared in The New York Times' DealBook, the International Herald Tribune, and Slate. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Missouri, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. Kevin plans to spend August 2015 at SFI.

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Catalina Arevalo

Journalism Fellow

Catalina Arevalo is a science writer and multimedia communicator. For the last decade she has worked as a correspondent, editor, and producer for the world’s largest Spanish-language news organization, EFE, primarily covering climate change, energy, biodiversity, and sustainable development. Based in Madrid, she was co-founder of EFEverde, EFE’s online platform for environmental news. Arevalo is expert in climate change communication, and she authored a study on climate change coverage in Europe for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at Oxford University. She was also a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She plans to spend January and July 2015 at the Institute. 

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Christie Aschwanden

Journalism Fellow

Christie Aschwanden is a science journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of publications, including Smithsonian, Popular Science, New Scientist, Discover, Science and NPR.org. She writes a health column for the Washington Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her Last Word On Nothing post about science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure won the National Association of Science Writers’ 2013 Science in Society Award for Commentary/Opinion, and she was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011. She previously has been a fellow of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the Carter Center, and she’s a frequent speaker at journalism and scientific conferences. She plans to spend June 2015 at the Institute.

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Rhitu Chatterjee

Journalism Fellow

Rhitu Chatterjee has worked as a public radio and science journalist for nearly a decade. She covers stories about science, health, the environment – and places where they intersect. She currently lives in New Delhi, where she also covers poverty and development. She recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to investigate India’s free school lunch program, one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the world. You can hear her stories on PRI’s The World, and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She also writes for Science magazine, the BBC’s online magazine, and blogs like NPR’s Goats & Soda and Salt. She plans to spend April and May 2015 at SFI.

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Laurence Gonzales

Laurence Gonzales is the author of the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why and its sequel, Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience. He has won many awards, including two National Magazine Awards. His latest book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, was called "absolutely riveting" by the Washington Post and "vividly detailed" by the Boston Globe. His essays are collected in House of Pain. Laurence is on the adjunct faculty in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. His most recent novel is Lucy.

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