Editor’s note: The Panic Virus is an archived blog on our network; which means there are no new posts forthcoming. However, because Seth Mnookin’s work still draws many readers, we’ve kept it easily accessible on our PLOS BLOGS home page.
Seth Mnookin is a Lecturer at MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. In addition to this blog, he also founded the PLOS blog MIT SciWrite. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, has received international praise: The New York Times said it was a “tour-de-force” and The Wall Street Journal called it “a brilliant piece of reportage and science writing” that “should be required reading at every medical school in the world.”
He is also the author of the 2006 New York Times-bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top, which chronicles the challenges and triumphs of the John Henry-Tom Werner ownership group of the Boston Red Sox. His first book, 2004′s Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.
Since 2005, Seth has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he’s written about the American media presence in Iraq, Bloomberg News, and Stephen Colbert. In 2002 and 2003, he was a senior writer at Newsweek, where he wrote the media column “Raw Copy” and also covered politics and popular culture.
His work has appeared in numerous publications, including New York, Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Spin, Slate, Salon.com, and other publications. A former music columnist for The New York Observer, he began his journalism career as a rock critic for the now-defunct webzine Addicted to Noise and has also worked as a crime reporter at The Palm Beach Post, a city hall reporter at the Forward, a presidential campaign reporter at Brill’s Content, and a jack-of-all-trades at Inside.com. He graduated from Harvard College in 1994 with a degree in History and Science, and was a 2004 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A native of Newton, Massachusetts, he and his wife currently live in Cambridge with their seven-year-old dog and their two-year-old son.