Evert Clark / Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists

NPF Award Winner: Evert Clark / Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists - Natalie Wolchover

Natalie Wolchover 2016

Quanta Magazine

The winner of the 2016 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, is Natalie Wolchover, senior writer at Quanta Magazine.

 Wolchover received the award and its $1,000 prize for four stories in Quanta:

 Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last

The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

Visions of Future Physics

A Fight for the Soul of Science

The panel of judges cited Wolchover for her great range, for her “masterful” ledes, for her impressive ability to make tough stories enticing (and to explain complex ideas like Bayesian statistics), and for making the people in her stories come alive. “She can really write about physics,” said one judge.

Wolchover earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Tufts University and studied graduate-level physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming toQuanta, she co-authored several academic papers in nonlinear optics, and wrote for LiveScience, Popular Science, Seed, Make magazine, and other publications.  Another of her articles was recently honored with the 2016 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award, presented by the American Statistical Association, and yet another was chosen for inclusion in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015.

Other Winners of this Award

2016

NPF Award Winner: Natalie Wolchover

Natalie Wolchover

Quanta Magazine

2014

NPF Award Winner: Azeen Ghorayshi

Azeen Ghorayshi

BuzzFeed News

2013

NPF Award Winner: Megan Scudellari

Megan Scudellari

The Scientist

2012

NPF Award Winner: Gayathri Vaidyanathan

Gayathri Vaidyanathan

Greenwire, Energywire

2011

NPF Award Winner: Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson

Casper Star-Tribune

2010

NPF Award Winner: Amber Dance

Amber Dance

Writer

2009

Alicia Chang

Associated Press

2008

Elizabeth Svoboda

Independent Journalist

2007

Jia-Rui Chong

Los Angeles Times

2005

Nicholas Zamiska

The Wall Street Journal

2004

Kara Platoni

East Bay Express

2003

Jennifer Couzin

Science

2002

Lila Guterman

The Chronicle of Higher Education

2001

Evan Ratliff

Wired Magazine

2000

Joel P. Engardio

San Francisco Weekly

1998

Nell Boyce

New Scientist

1996

Michael Milstein

Billings Gazette

1995

Richard Stone

Discover

1994

Carl Zimmer

Discover

1993

Robert Langreth

Popular Science

1990

Malcolm Gladwell

The Washington Post