Gareth Cook is a Pulitzer Prize-winning magazine journalist and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He’s the editor of the bestselling series The Best American Infographics, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, NewYorker.com, Wired, Scientific American, the Washington Monthly, and the Boston Globe Ideas section. He is also editor of Scientific American’s Mind Matters neuroscience blog.
Gareth began his career in Washington, DC with writing and editing jobs at The Washington Monthly, Foreign Policy, and U.S. News & World Report. In 1996 he moved to Boston to become the news editor of The Boston Phoenix and then, in 1999, joined the Boston Globe. He was one of the founders of the Globe’s Sunday Ideas section and then served as its editor from 2007 to 2011. He was the Globe’s science reporter for seven years, and also worked as an editor on the city desk.
In 2005, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for “explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.” He has also won the National Academies Communications Award and the Wood’s Hole Ocean Science Journalism Award. His writing has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing (2008 & 2013), The Human Face of Big Data, and A Field Guide for Science Writers. He has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Science Friday,” “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” and WBUR’s “Here and Now.”
Gareth graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and Mathematical Physics. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with his wife, Amanda, and their two boys.