Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Senior Fellow in Journalism Ethics

Sally Lehrman

Sally Lehrman is senior fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and an award-winning reporter and writer for some of the top names in national print and broadcast media. At the Center, she directs the Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics initiative. The roundtable brings together journalism executives and entrepreneurs to discuss the responsibilities of the news media to accuracy, inclusion, transparency and accountability in the digital public square.

Lehrman is affiliated with the Science & Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was the Knight Ridder Professor in Journalism and the Public Interest at SCU from 2008 to 2013. Her byline credits include Scientific American, Nature, Health, the New York Times, and the DNA Files, distributed by NPR. She specializes in medical and science policy reporting, with an emphasis on genetics, race and sexuality. She is currently working on Skin Deep: The Search for Race in Our Genes, a book about the quest to address health disparities through biomedical technology, under contract for Oxford University Press. Honors include the 1995-96 John S. Knight Fellowship; a 2002 Peabody award, Peabody/Robert Wood Johnson Award for excellence in health and medical programming, and Columbia/Du Pont Silver Baton (shared for the DNA Files); and reporting and writing awards from SPJ, Case, and other organizations.

Lehrman served as national diversity chair for the Society of Professional Journalists for a decade and is active in several organizations that promote diversity in the media. Her volunteer work in this area has been recognized by the SPJ Wells Key and other awards. She is author of News in a New America, a fresh take on developing an inclusive U.S. news media.

She tweets at Journethics.