This lecture was hosted in partnership with the Annenberg School for Journalism and the Center for Health and Medical Communication.
Jon Cohen is a correspondent with Science and has done extensive packages for the magazine about HIV/AIDS in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as routinely covering research and response to the epidemic in the more developed regions of North America, Europe, and Australia. In addition to covering AIDS, Cohen has reported on a wide range of scientific and medical topics, including infectious disease and global health, vaccines for many diseases, immunology, the genomics revolution, primate research, bioterrorism, reproductive biology, evolutionary biology, the National Institutes of Health, stem cell research, credit battles, and the science press itself. He has written two books, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine (W.W. Norton, 2001), and Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth about Miscarriage (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). He currently is working on a book that will examine how new research is redrawing the dividing line between humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos (Henry Holt). He also has written for the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times magazine, Smithsonian, Slate, Technology Review, Outside, Discover, the Washington Post, New Republic, Glamour, Surfer and other publications.
Shots in the Dark won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science and Society journalism award in 2002 and inspired the documentary Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine. Cohen’s 1997 Science article about the rise and fall of an AIDS research program in the former Zaire won the international health reporting award from the Pan American Health Organization. From 1986-1990 he was senior editor at the City Pape in Washington, D.C. He earned a B.A. in 1981 from the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in science writing. Cohen lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with his wife, a TV documentary producer, and their three children.