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Gareth Cook is a Pulitzer Prize-winning magazine journalist, a contributor to NewYorker.com, and the editor of a forthcoming book series, The Best American Infographics. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, NewYorker.com, Wired, Scientific American, the Washington Monthly, the Boston Globe Ideas section and elsewhere. He is also editor of Scientific American's Mind Matters neuroscience blog.
Gareth began his career in Washington, DC with writing and editing jobs at The Washington Monthly, Foreign Policy, and U.S. News & World Report. In 1996 he moved to Boston to become the news editor of The Boston Phoenix and then, in 1999, joined the Boston Globe. He was one of the founders of the Globe's Sunday Ideas section and then served as its editor from 2007 to 2011. He was the Globe's science reporter for seven years, and also worked as an editor on the city desk.
In 2005, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for "explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research." In 2005, he was also the winner of a National Academies Communications Award and the Wood's Hole Ocean Science Journalism Award. His writing has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008, The Human Face of Big Data, and A Field Guide for Science Writers.
Gareth graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and Mathematical Physics. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with his wife, Amanda, and their two boys.