Gareth Cook

Gareth Cook

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Gareth Cook

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Gareth Cook (born September 15, 1969 in Ann Arbor, MI) is an American journalist and editor. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.” He is currently the editor of the Ideas section of the Boston Sunday Globe.


Cook graduated from Brown University in 1991 with two degrees: Mathematical Physics (B.A.) International Relations (B.A.). He was an assistant editor at Foreign Policy, a scholarly journal based in Washington, DC. He then worked as a reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and then as an editor at the Washington Monthly. He was the news editor of the Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly based in Boston, from 1996-1999.In 1999, he started at the Boston Globe, and worked for seven years as the paper’s science reporter, covering a variety of topics, including biology, physics, paleontology, archeology, the role of women in science and scientific fraud.He has written for other publications, and a story for Wired magazine, “Untangling the Mystery of the Inca,” was selected for Best American Science Writing, 2008.


Pulitzer Prize (2005)

National Academy of Sciences Communications Award (2005)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Award (2005)


He lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with his wife, Amanda, and his two sons, Aidan and...
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