«JSK Fellows

Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin ('18)

staff writer, The Dallas Morning News, and freelance multimedia journalist, Washington, D.C.

Question: During a public health crisis, how might we limit the spread of misinformation and make health and science reporting more accurate?

Seema Yasmin is a medical doctor, journalist and professor. She earned a medical degree from the University of Cambridge and served as an officer in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Epidemic Intelligence Service before training as a journalist. She has worked as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News and as a medical analyst for CNN, in addition to being a contributor to NBC and Al-Jazeera. Her writing has also appeared in magazines such as Foreign Policy and Scientific American. Her reporting covers the breadth of public health from syndemics of disease and gender-based violence in West Africa to the arrival of Ebola in Texas. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist with the breaking news team at The Dallas Morning News in 2017, received an Emmy for her reporting on neglected tropical diseases and has received awards from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Center for Health Journalism and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Posts by Seema

The anniversary of a Texas tornado

This essay about the Dallas tornado outbreak of December 26, 2015 won the Mayborn literary non-fiction essay award and originally appeared… (11 minute read)

Epidemics of misinformation and why we should stop oversimplifying things

Notes from a speech to the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in San Francisco, December 1, 2017. (7 minute read)

An Exploration of Fear

On Tuesdays, I do four scary things before 4 p.m. First, I balance on a bike and cycle through the streets of Palo Alto onto Stanford’s… (5 minute read)

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