Bio

 

JON COHEN is a correspondent with Science, and also has written for the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Outside, Slate, Technology Review, Discover, the Washington Post, New Republic, Glamour, Surfer, and other publications. He has written three books, Almost Chimpanzee: Searching for What Makes Us Human, In Rainforests, Labs, Sanctuaries, and Zoos (Henry Holt/Times Books: 2010), Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth about Miscarriage (Houghton Mifflin: 2005), and Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine (W.W. Norton: 2001).


Cohen began writing for Science in 1990. He has done on-the-ground reporting about HIV/AIDS in three dozen countries, and his extensive packages for the magazine have examined the epidemics in the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. He also routinely covers the research and response to the epidemic in every country of the world. Cohen has reported on a wide range of other scientific and medical topics, including other viral and emerging infectious diseases, genetics, primate research, evolution, bioterrorism, vaccines and immunology, the National Institutes of Health, stem cell research, zoos, credit battles, and the media itself.


Cohen also writes about surfing, and was editor of the digital magazine Wave Lines.


Details of Cohen’s awards and articles selected for “best of” anthologies are listed on his resume. He received three separate mini-fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation to support his travel to two dozen countries for the Science packages about HIV/AIDS. The Open Society Institute’s Public Health Program funded his travel to Russia and Ukraine in 2010 to cover the HIV/AIDS epidemics there. He has worked with photographer and videographer Malcolm Linton on each of these.


From 1986-1990 Cohen was senior editor at the City Paper 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, TV producer Shannon Bradley, and two of their three children.