Helen Branswell

Helen Branswell is a senior writer at STAT covering infectious diseases and global health; she joined STAT at its founding in 2015. Helen was introduced to epidemic reporting during the 2003 SARS outbreak; in the years since she has written about bird flu, the H1N1 flu pandemic, Ebola, Zika, polio, mpox, and led STAT’s coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. Helen was a 2011 Nieman Global Health Fellow at Harvard. She was the recipient of the 2020 George Polk Award for Public Service for coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic and was awarded the 2021 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.

Kai Kupferschmidt

Kai Kupferschmidt is a science journalist. Kai, based in Berlin, studied molecular biomedicine and afterwards attended the Berlin Journalism School. He has worked as a freelance editor and writer for numerous German newspapers including Der Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Science Magazine. He has written two books and received numerous awards for his work. He has also taught students at journalism schools, most recently during the European Science Media Hub's Summer School: 'Storytelling in Science'.