A draft of the Code of Conduct for journalists in Botswana as it was being written in 2003.
Clara Olsen, publisher of the Botswana Gazette, and Solomon Monyame, broadcast journalist, working on the Botswana code of conduct for journalists.
Philip Hilts helping to draft the Code of Conduct for Botswana journalists in 2003.
The clock tower at the University of Botswana.
MAGEE JOURNALISM FELLOW IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: From 2002- 2003. Based at the University of Botswana. Taught Basic News Writing and Reporting to journalism students, and Botswana Media Law to undergraduates in both journalism and law. Assisted department head in building of new Media Studies Department; guided launch of first-time student newspaper. Facilitated local professional media’s efforts to write first code of ethics for the nation’s journalists and wrote text on media law in Botswana. Researched and wrote proposal for a national media archive, and a proposal for the routine training of media professionals while on the job. Also began work on a book on HIV/
BOSTON UNIVERSITY’S KNIGHT CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND MEDICAL REPORTING: Taught graduate students news reporting and writing from 1999-2002. Writer-in-residence for academic year 2001-2002. Helped organize seminar on reporting and medical drug industry. Helped develop plans to make the Knight Center a permanent, endowed journalism center.
HEALTH & SCIENCE WRITER, THE NEW YORK TIMES: Correspondent in the Times Washington Bureau from 1989 to 1995. Wrote on contract for the Times from 1995 to 2002. Lead reporter in the Times’ coverage of national issues in science and health policy, receiving three New York Times Publisher's Awards for coverage of the tobacco industry, breast implants, and birth control politics. Wide range of topics covered include scientific misconduct, drug industry, federal health policy, abortion and AIDS.
NATIONAL STAFF WRITER, THE WASHINGTON POST, 1980 to 1989. Wrote national news in science, technology, and medicine. Stories selected by the Post three times to be the paper's nominated work for the Pulitzer Prize, including work on AIDS in the U.S. and in Africa, on chemical and biological warfare, and on the Reagan Administration's attempt to sell America's weather satellite system and other parts of the space program to the highest bidders.
FREELANCE WRITER, 1973 to 1980. Regular contributor to the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and Science 80 magazine. Other freelance work appeared in the Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, American Film magazine, and the Congressional Quarterly's Editorial Research Reports.
REPORTER, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, Denver, 1972. Covered a variety of assignments in business and education for large circulation afternoon tabloid newspaper.
REPORTER, EDUCATION WRITER, THE WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS, 1970 to 1972. Covered general assignments, from homicides to personal features, then later covered all matters related to education for now-defunct afternoon daily.
REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER, THE VIRGINIA SENTINEL, 1969. As a general assignment reporter and photographer, wrote news and features in Northern Virginia for this suburban weekly paper.
REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER, THE SUBURBAN LIFE NEWSPAPERS, 1968 to 1969. Responsible for all the news from the jail to city hall in two suburban towns. Laid out pages, wrote headlines and captions for this suburban bi-weekly newspaper.
Georgetown University,1965-67, 1969.
1990 Publisher’s Award, New York Times, for stories on contraception.
1992 Publisher’s Award, New York Times, for breaking the story of breast
implants, experimentation on women and the deceit in the cosmetic device industry.
1994 Publisher’s Award, New York Times, for breaking the story of the tobacco papers.
1996 National Journalism Award, American Lung Association, for tobacco coverage in the New York Times.
Case Fellowship in Neuroscience, University of California at Irvine, 1994
Science Writing Fellowship, Wood’s Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, 1986
Nieman Fellowship, Harvard University, 1984-85
Journalism Fellowship, Duke University, 1983 (unable to attend due to family illness)
National Media Award, The American Psychological Association, 1983. First prize for national reporting.
National Book Award Finalist, 1982 for Scientific Temperaments
Front Page Award, Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, 1982. First prize for national reporting.
Board of Directors, Howard Simons Foundation for Native American Journalism.
Frequent Panelist on local and national radio and television talk shows on health and science topics
Committee Member and subcommittee Chair, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, panel on the future of clinical research in America, 1996-1997.
Judge on journalism awards for: Media Institute for Southern Africa’s National Media Awards, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Knight Fellowship (4 times), The American Association for the Advancement of Science awards (3 times), the National Press Foundation awards (2 times), The American Public Health Association awards (2 times), The Centers for Disease Control awards (2 times), American Chemical Society prize (2 times), and the American Cancer Society awards (2 times).
Created by The Authors Guild
A note for users of older versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape, or AOL:
This site will look a lot better in a newer browser. Download one for free!
Internet Explorer: Windows Mac | Netscape: Windows Mac Other
For AOL users, please choose Internet Explorer above.