Cornelia Dean
Editor, Science News at The New York Times

Journalist Cornelia Dean frequently writes about environmental and health issues. She is the author of Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches (Columbia, 1999), a critically acclaimed examination of the overdevelopment and erosion of America’s shorelines. Dean has taught reporting and editing at the University of Rhode Island and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and also a course on technology and public policy at Vassar.

A graduate of Brown University (1969), Dean earned her master’s degree from Boston University in 1981. She joined the national desk of The New York Times in 1984 after serving as a reporter and editor at the Providence (R.I.) Journal for 15 years. Moving to the science department a year later as assistant editor, she became deputy science editor in 1987 and then deputy Washington editor in 1994. In 1997 Dean was appointed the Times’s science editor, in which position she oversees daily coverage by a 15-member staff as well as the weekly "Science Times" section and the weekly health page. She also is heard regularly on WQEW and WQXR’s "Health Times."

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