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Gareth Cook
Born - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Occupation journalist
Notable credit(s) 2005 - Pulitzer Prize-winner

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.”[1] 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 wide 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)[1]

National Academy of Sciences Communications Award (2005)[2]

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Award (2005)[3]


He lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with his wife, Amanda, and his two sons, Aidan and Oliver. In 2003 he revealed that he is dyslexic [2].




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