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Conversation with Gina McCarthy, Climate Czar

March 8, 2022

photograph of Gina McCarthyGina McCarthy, the top national climate official in the federal government, headlined a Brandeis Journalism webinar in March focused on how to improve communications and coverage of climate change. As the government’s first National Climate Advisor, McCarthy serves as President Biden’s chief advisor on domestic climate policy and heads the White House office focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis and securing environmental justice.

She was in conversation with Neil Swidey, a professor of the practice and the director of the Brandeis Journalism Program. Swidey, who is also editor-at-large of The Boston Globe Magazine, wrote an in-depth magazine cover story in 2018 about McCarthy.

McCarthy, a Boston native who served five governors in both Democratic and Republican administrations, served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama. A former professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she serves as chair of the board of directors of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment.

This Brandeis forum took place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. 

Photo of Blind Spot Team with Neil Swidey and Rachel RaczkaInvestigating Innovation: Boston Globe’s “Blind Spot” Team

Nov. 15, 2021

Pulitzer-winning Globe team Team on the Brandeis Campus

On the Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the Journalism program hosted the team behind the Boston Globe‘s series “Blind Spot,” which took home this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Reporters Evan Allen, Laura Crimaldi and project editor Brendan McCarthy presented in person on the Brandeis campus (with the team’s two other reporters, Vernal Coleman and Matt Rocheleau, joining via Zoom). They discussed how they uncovered systemic government failures that led to dangerous — and sometimes deadly — consequences for drivers. And in turn, how their investigation led to reform. 

This project is an example of investigative multimedia journalism at its best. Heather Ciras, the Director of Audience Experience, also joined the panel. Brandeis students had the valuable opportunity to ask questions of the journalists behind this Pulitzer win and hear about how dogged reporting and creative presentations can influence both public thought and government action.

Photo features the Boston Globe‘s newest Pulitzer Prize winners, after the Nov. 15 Brandeis Journalism forum. From left: video producer Caitlin Healy; editors Brendan McCarthy and Scott Allen; director of audience engagement Heather Ciras; Brandeis Journalism director Neil Swidey and assistant director Rachel Raczka; reporters Laura Crimaldi and Evan Allen. (Photo by Noah Zeitlin)

Science Journalism & the Pandemic

March 3, 2021

A Brandeis Journalism Program Forum on the News Media’s Role in the Public Health Fight Against COVID – and Disinformation Around It

Featuring: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Atul Gawande, and Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal

This webinar is in conjunction with Professor Swidey’s Spring 2021 Journalism course 130b: Science Journalism, the Pandemic, and Disinformation.

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor on COVID-19 to President Biden.
  • Dr. Atul Gawande is both a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s, as well as the author of several books on health care in the United States, including Being Mortal.
  • Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal is is the Editor-in-Chief of Kaiser Health News and an Opinion writer for the New York Times. Her latest book is: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.
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