Christie Aschwanden is the lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight and a health columnist for The Washington Post. She’s also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, a contributing editor for Runner’s World and a former contributing writer for Bicycling. Her work appears in dozens of publications, including Discover, Slate, Consumer Reports, New Scientist, More, Men’s Journal, NPR.org, Smithsonian and O, the Oprah Magazine. She’s the recipient of a 2014/2015 Santa Fe Institute Journalism Fellowship In Complexity Science and was a 2013/2014 Carter Center Fellow. She blogs about science at Last Word On Nothing and she’s the former managing editor of The Open Notebook. Her Last Word On Nothing post about science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure won the National Association of Science Writers’ 2013 Science in Society Award for Commentary/Opinion, and she was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011. Find her on Twitter @CragCrest.
In 2005, Christie won a best article award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was a fellow at MIT’s Knight Science Journalism Medical Evidence Boot Camp. In 2007, she won the Outstanding Essay Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and an honorable mention for print journalism from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Christie received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in 2007 to spend three weeks in Vietnam reporting on the legacy of Agent Orange. Her television report on Agent Orange, created in collaboration with producer George Lerner, appeared on the PBS program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria in June 2007. Her New York Times article about an Agent Orange remediation project in Vietnam’s central highlands was awarded the 2008 Arlene Award for articles that make a difference.
A frequent speaker at writer’s workshops and journalism conferences, Christie is the founder of the Creative Convergence freelance writing workshops, which she developed with funding from the National Association of Science Writers. She has taught at the the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, the Boulder Magazine Writer’s Conference and the Telluride Writer’s Guild.
Christie has been a featured guest on BBC’s The World, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio, The Huffines Institute sports podcast, On Point Talk with Carlette Christmas, Jungle Jim Hunter’s Sportcology radio show, KVNF radio and numerous other media. She’s been an invited speaker at Columbia University, George Washington University, American University, University of Wisconsin, Colorado Mesa University, the University of Florida, New York University and Texas A&M’s Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, and she’s given Ignite talks in Arizona and Colorado. Christie is also a regular speaker at journalism conferences including the National Association of Science Writers (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (2008, 2014). She was an invited speaker at the 2014 Dialogue for Action: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening in Baltimore.
A lifetime athlete, Christie has raced in Europe and North America on the Team Rossignol Nordic ski racing squad. She lives with her husband and numerous animals on a small vineyard and farm in western Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, bicycling, digging in the garden and raising heritage poultry.