Maryn McKenna

Part-time Instructor, Journalism

Maryn McKenna is an Atlanta-based journalist specializing in public health, global health and food policy. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, National Geographic, Wired and other magazines, and is a Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Prior to becoming a magazine journalist, she was a reporter at four newspapers, ending at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her third book, “BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats,” will be released in September 2017 by National Geographic Books/Penguin Random House. Her previous book “Superbug” (Simon & Schuster 2010) was given the June Roth Memorial Book Award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Science in Society Award by the National Association of Science Writers, and her first book, “Beating Back the Devil” (Simon & Schuster 2004), an account of embedding with the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association. She has been a fellow of the Knight Science Journalism fellowship program at MIT, the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan, and the Kaiser Family Foundation, and a writer in residence at the University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M University, and at Grady College. She holds an AB from Georgetown University and an MSJ from Northwestern University. Her 2015 TED Talk, “What do we do when antibiotics don’t work anymore?”, has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. She tweets at @marynmck.

Maryn McKenna