Dr. Spindler was nominated for this prestigious honor by faculty and students in the Department of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine in recognition of her unique accomplishments communicating scientific research through radio journalism via her efforts as co-host of This Week in Virology (TWiV). As part of the festivities, Dr. Spindler has also been invited to be a speaker at the first Yale Science Journalism Symposium which is to be held April 21, 2017. This is an exceptionally high honor usually reserved for professional journalists and writers. The Fellowship has sponsored visits by reporters, editors and professionals from all print and broadcast media as well as documentary filmmakers, communications experts and media critics. Recent Poynter Fellows include Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize winner, #1 New York Times bestselling author and columnist for The New York Times and Ta-Nehisi Coates, also a #1 New York Times bestselling author, correspondent for The Atlantic and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow.
The Yale Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established to bring outstanding journalists to Yale and to facilitate conversation with Yale students who are interested in communicating with the public. The program recognizes that graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduates with a wide range of academic backgrounds are interested in science communication and making their scientific research areas accessible to a wider audience. Dr. Spindler was singled out as someone who has brought a unique vision to this field and reshaped how we think about communicating science.
We are very proud of Kathy’s selection to this prestigious fellowship for her work on TWiV. For more information, please visit these websites.