Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Senior Fellow in Journalism Ethics

Sally Lehrman

Sally Lehrman is an award-winning reporter on medicine and science policy who brings a focus on science, technology and social diversity to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She has long been involved in evangelizing journalism values and ethics as a local and national leader in the Society of Professional Journalists and the SDX Foundation, among other activities.

Lehrman’s byline credits include Scientific American, Nature, Health, The Boston Globe, The New York Times,, and The DNA Files, distributed by NPR. Her honors include a 2002 Peabody Award, Peabody/Robert Wood Johnson Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Programming, and Columbia/Du Pont Silver Baton (The DNA Files); the SPJ Wells Key (the Society of Professional Journalists' highest honor); various other reporting and writing awards; and the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

She is author of “News in a New America,” a fresh take on developing an inclusive U.S. news media, and chapters for textbooks on covering the sciences. Her book on emerging solutions to health disparities, Skin Deep: The Search for Race in Our Genes, is to be published by Oxford University Press. Lehrman lectures in the U.S. and abroad on ethics, inclusion and diversity in the news, science coverage, and on writing with passion and integrity. Some appearances include the Media& Minorities conference at the Jewish Museum in Berlin; The Trialogue of Cultures: Migration and Media at Herbert Quandt-Stiftung in Bad Homburg, Germany; conversations with news media in Bosnia-Herzegovina on cross-ethnic reporting; and presentations for SoundVision Productions' Science Literacy Project.

She tweets at Journethics.