November 7: An evening with #MeTooSTEM Reporters Michael Balter and Meredith Wadman

An evening with #MeTooSTEM Reporters
Michael Balter and Meredith Wadman:
Exposing Sexual Misconduct and Bullying in Academic Science

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
City University of New York

Image by Mihai Surdu from Pixabay.

Even before sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein made international headlines, a handful of science journalists relentlessly pursued accusations of sexual harassment by some of the leading figures in the sciences. Their reporting—which arguably helped launch the #MeToo reporting movement that unmasked the better-known allegations against Weinstein and others—raised a number of questions concerning how investigative reporters deal with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Science Writers in New York invites you to join science journalists Michael Balter, a freelance journalist who reports on #MeTooSTEM on his blog, and Dr. Meredith Wadman, who covers #MeTooSTEM for the journal Science, to explore the mechanics of #MeTooSTEM reporting and the challenges and pitfalls that journalists face in reporting on sexual misconduct in academia. This discussion will be moderated by Jeanne Garbarino, PhD, director of RockEDU Science Outreach at The Rockefeller University.


Michael Balter was Paris correspondent for Science for 25 years before moving back to the United States in 2017. During that time he covered French research, archaeology, and anthropology for the journal. Toward the end of his time there, Balter began reporting on sexual misconduct and bullying in the sciences, which he continues to do for a number of publications and his blog.

Balter is also a journalism teacher. He has taught science journalism at Boston University and New York University (six years in the SHERP program), and now teaches general journalism at the City College of New York.

Dr. Meredith Wadman is a reporter with Science magazine in Washington, covering biology and policy, including sexual harassment in science. Her sexual harassment investigations of geologist David Marchant and cancer scientist Inder Verma cost both men their jobs. 

Wadman has covered medical research from Washington, D.C. for 20 years. She had been a reporter for Nature and a contributing writer at Fortune. Her opinion articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, she began medical school at the University of British Columbia in her native Vancouver and completed her medical degree as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

Wadman is also author of The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease (Viking, 2017), which was named a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction book of 2017. It was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Gold Medal in Nonfiction and shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize. The Guardian named it the second-best science book of 2017. 


Jeanne Garbarino, PhD, the director of RockEDU Science Outreach at The Rockefeller University, works to help promote and support science outreach within the scientific community, open channels for community members to develop an appreciation for science as a human endeavor, and provide equitable access to scientific resources and opportunities that genuinely reflect the process of science. She is deeply interested in how to build meaningful professional connections within the science outreach and engagement professional space, and advocates for diversity and inclusion.

Before becoming a practitioner of science outreach, Garbarino worked as a lipid biochemist. She earned her PhD in metabolic biology from Columbia University, then conducted postdoctoral studies on cholesterol transport at Rockefeller. Her social media handle is @JeanneGarb.

Wednesday, November 7, 2019
6:30 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6 p.m., Program begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
City University of New York
219 W. 40th Street, Room 308


  • 2019 SWINY/NASW Members: $5
  • Non-members: $15
  • Free for students


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