Oct. 15, 2021

James Gorman: New York Times Science Writer & Dog Lover | The Long Leash #34

James Gorman: New York Times Science Writer & Dog Lover | The Long Leash #34

He has been a science writer at large for The New York Times for decades, covering everything from the invention of flea collars to the nature of consciousness. So, what next for this accomplished journalist as he retires from the well-respected masthead?


James Gorman dog lover, science writer for The New York Times, author and narrator, is stepping away from the newspaper after almost three decades.

He is the author of books on hypochondria, penguins, dinosaurs and the ocean around Antarctica. He writes about animals, viruses, archaeology and the evolution of dogs and he’s also taught science writing at New York University, Fordham University and as part of Stanford University’s online program.

In this conversation he deep dives into many of his articles over the years including his most recent ‘How old is the Maltese really?’. He also lifts the lid on his approach to telling fascinating science stories and shares his thoughts around the science and reporting on the COVID pandemic.

About James Gorman 

James Gorman is a science writer at large for The New York Times and the author of books on hypochondria, penguins, dinosaurs and the ocean around Antarctica. He writes about animals, viruses, archaeology and the evolution of dogs. He has been at The Times since 1993, as an editor on The New York Times Magazine, deputy science editor, editor of a personal technology section, outdoors columnist, science columnist and editor of Science Times. From 2013 to 2019 he wrote and narrated the video feature “ScienceTake.” Over the course of his career at the Times and elsewhere, James Gorman has written about everything from the invention of flea collars to the nature of consciousness. Most recently he has covered the lives of animals, the evolution of dogs and viral diseases in animals.

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/james-gorman

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimgorman

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