Joanne Silberner

HEADSHOT Silberner WebJoanne Silberner is an independent journalist and an artist-in-residence at the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in and on NPR, Discover magazine, the BBC, the BBC/PRI show “The World,” Global Health Now, and other media outlets. For 18 years, Silberner was a health policy correspondent at NPR, covering medicine, health policy, mental health, global health, and climate change. Prior to that, she spent five years covering consumer health and medical research at U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Silberner has worked at Science News magazine and Science Digest. Since 2010, she has been teaching advanced radio and narrative journalism courses in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Her stories on climate change primarily focus on health. One 2014 series took a close look at the mental health effects of climate change in Australia and Fiji. Silberner has had a variety of fellowships, including a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, a fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship, and a fellowship to study the survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She has received several travel grants from the Pulitzer Center to report from developing countries about topics including cancer, noncommunicable diseases, and the mental health effects of climate change. Silberner won the National Academies/Keck Award and a Best Cancer Reporter Award from the European School of Oncology, the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Heart Association, and other organizations. She was also part of the NPR teams that won national awards for reporting on climate change, 9/11, and American songs. Silberner holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.