World Federation of Science Journalists

Member of Executive Board 2013-2015




World Federation of Science Journalists


President Dr. Chul Joong Kim South Korea Science Journalist - Chosun Ilbo
Vice-President Lucy Calderon Guatemala Freelance Science Journalist
Treasurer Kathryn O'Hara Canada Journalism Professor, CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism 
Secretary Curtis Brainard USA Freelance Journalist
Past President Vesa Niinikangas Finland Journalist, author
Member-at-large Dominique Forget Canada Science Journalist, author
Member-at-large Pallava Bagla India Science Editor – New Delhi Television














Chul Joong Kim - President

South Korea
Science Journalist - Chosun Ilbo 

Chul Joong Kim is a senior staff writer in Medical Affairs & Health Information News Desk in Chosun Ilbo.

In 1982, he entered the College of Medicine at Korea University, one of the most prestigious universities in Korea and became a medical doctor in 1995. Whilst working on his Ph.D. program, he also received a master’s degree in journalism from the graduate school of Korea University.

He started his career as a medical journalist in Chosun Ilbo after practicing medicine for ten years. Presently, he writes 1~3 articles a week on medicine and health and also has a monthly signature column entitled, “Kim Chul Joong’s Four Seasons of Life,”
Chul Joong Kim has also hosted a TV program entitled, “Dr. Kim’s Health File” on Medi TV, and was a regular panel member of “Healthy Morning Show” aired on MBC Radio.

He is the recipient of numerous awards in science and medical reporting including the Golden Cross Award granted by the Seoul Medical Doctor Association in 2002. In 2007 and 2012, he won the Kunyang Journalist Award given by the Korean Science Writer Association and Norvatis Medical Journalist Award by the Korean Heath Communication Society.

              
Lucy Calderon - Vice-President

Latin America
Freelance Science Journalist 


Lucy Calderón Pineda is a science journalist and has a Licenciatura degree in Science Communication, who in June 2011 was elected as a new board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

She started her career in journalism in 1998, in Prensa Libre, the mainly and biggest newspaper in Guatemala. Currently, she is the General Editor of the Reader’s Development Department at Prensa Libre, which publishes three magazines addressed to young audiences as well as various educative projects.

She also publishes in the daily newspaper, since 2007, the biweekly publication Science and Technology in Guatemala that informs about the research that Guatemalan scientists are doing and how it will benefit the country.

On April 2010 she got the Central American Award to the Excellence in Journalism: “Minimizing the Vulnerability and Environmental Degradation”, a recognition for the scientific-journalistic coverage about climate change made in the Arctic Ocean in June, 2008. That year she was one of the 14 winners and the only Latin American science journalist who sailed the Arctic Ocean on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS Amundsen). This award was given by the WFSJ and the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, one of the Canadian largest projects involved in the Fourth International Polar Year.

She has won scholarships to attend to the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists, in London, 2009; the workshop 'The Science in the Media: The challenges of the scientific journalism in Iberoamerica'. which took place at Santa Cruz of the Sierra, Bolivia, sponsored by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECI), the Science and Development Network, and the Iberoamerican Program of Science and Technology for Development, in August 2007; and the 3rd Jack F. Ealy Workshop in Science Journalism, in San Diego, California, in July 2006.

She has also been professor of the first Science Journalism Seminar held at a private university in Guatemala City and was the co-organizer of the First International Workshop in Science Journalism held in Guatemala City, in November 2009.
              
Kathryn O'Hara - Treasurer

Canada
Journalism proffesor, CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism


Kathryn worked in TV, first as the consumer columnist for the nightly Pulse News at CFCF in Montreal in 1982, moved on to CBC’s national Midday program and then to co anchor the supperhour newscast in Ottawa in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s she hosted CBC radio’s eclectic afternoon live drive show in Toronto. Always interested in science, she decided to commit to understanding more about its role in society earning an MSc in Science Communication from the Queen’s University in Belfast and Dublin City University in Ireland in 1998. After that she worked as a producer for BBC Northern Ireland and freelanced science stories to CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and Ideas. As of 2001, she has held the CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

In the past decade, Kathryn has served on federal science and technology advisory boards in health and environment including Canada’s cancer prevention research initiative. She has judged numerous journalism awards, the National Magazine Awards in health/ science, chaired health research peer-reviews and scholarships, and selected candidates for the International Space University. She recently was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ expert panel on research integrity. She is currently on the board of Directors of the open access journal openmedicine.ca and on the Ethics Advisory Committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada as well as serving on the Senate of Carleton University.
             
Curits Brainard - Secretary

North America
Freelance Journalist


Curtis Brainard is a freelance reporter and a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review, where he covered science, environment, and medical news as a staff writer from 2006 until 2013.

In January 2008, he launched The Observatory, CJR's first fulltime department dedicated to critically analyzing science coverage in the media as well as the opportunities and challenges facing science journalists. Numerous outlets, including The New York Times and Fox News, have cited Brainard’s media criticism and reporting.

He’s been a guest on radio programs from NPR to Al-Jazeera English and invited to speak at venues such as the National Press Club and the Newseum in Washington, DC and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Aspen, Colorado. Brainard’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science and OnEarth magazine, and he is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists in the United States.

He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism. Brainard currently lives in Boston.
 
Vesa Niinikangas - Past President

Finland
Journalist, author


Vesa Niinikangas is the president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He is a science journalist, author, trainer, and publisher from Turku, Finland. He has his own media company Enostone Ltd (est. 1999). Before his entrepreneurial career he worked for almost 20 years as a freelance journalist for radio, magazines and newspapers and as an information specialist, journalist and head of publishing unit at the university of Jyväskylä.

Among his interests are science policy, science journalism, science communication, social sciences, cultural studies, education, oral history, social media, capacity building, international cooperation and networking. He has been active as a trainer to promote skills and cooperation in writing, editing, journalism, publishing and networking both nationally and internationally since 1985.

He has served the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists and FASEJ as a board member, Vice President, President and Secretary General from 1991. He was a member of the financial committee of the WFSJ 2009-2011 and a member of the financial committee of the WCSJ 2011. He was also a member and treasurer of the board of the EUSJA 2006 –2011.
 
Dominique Forget - Member-at-large

North America
Science journalist, author

Dominique Forget is a contributing editor for Québec Science, a popular science magazine with a readership of 215 000. She also writes the health column for L'actualité, French Canada's foremost news magazine. She's travelled to Asia, Africa and South America to cover stories about health and environmental issue. Many of her articles have garnered widespread recognition, including major awards from the Québec and Canadian magazine industries. She's the author of two books, Perdre le Nord ? (on climate change in the Canadian Arctic) and Bébés illimités. La procréation assistée et ses petits (on the topic of assisted reproduction), both of which have received national recognition.

She currently sits on the board of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, which represents 2 000 journalists and whose mission is to uphold freedom of press and the public right to information. In the past, she's served as secretary and later as president of the Association des communicateurs scientifques du Québec, a member association of the WFSJ.

She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in chemical/environmental engineering.

She has won scholarships to attend to the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists, in London, 2009; the workshop 'The Science in the Media: The challenges of the scientific journalism in Iberoamerica'. which took place at Santa Cruz of the Sierra, Bolivia, sponsored by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECI), the Science and Development Network, and the Iberoamerican Program of Science and Technology for Development, in August 2007; and the 3rd Jack F. Ealy Workshop in Science Journalism, in San Diego, California, in July 2006.

She has also been professor of the first Science Journalism Seminar held at a private university in Guatemala City and was the co-organizer of the First International Workshop in Science Journalism held in Guatemala City, in November 2009.
 
Pallava Bagla - Member-at-Large

Asia
Science Editor – New Delhi Television

Pallava Bagla is an award-winning Indian journalist who has spent a quarter century covering news from New Delhi. He is passionate about science, environment and health and has published more than 900 news stories and features in mainline Indian and international media in print, and contributed more than 350 television stories with several hours of live programing. Reporting extensively from deep inside India’s highly secretive nuclear and space programs.

Bagla is currently Chief Correspondent (South Asia) for the Science magazine; one of the world’s most prestigious science weeklies published by the AAAS, and is concurrently the Science Editor for New Delhi Television (NDTV), one of India’s leading global private 24-hour news channels. His work is defined by simplicity, depth, authenticity and courage, and many of his news stories are driven by his innate ability to swim against the tide and raise difficult questions. Bagla is also a widely published photographer of international standing with publications in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American and The Economist.

He is author of several books, the most recent being `Destination Moon: India’s Quest for Moon, Mars and Beyond.’ published by HarperCollins in 2008. Another book `Trees of India’ is a large format pictorial book published by Timeless Books in 2000.

Bagla has received several awards recognizing his work as a journalist over the years, distinctive among them being the prestigious David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, 2010 given by the American Geophysical Union for his landmark writings which exposed the Himalayan glacier blunder by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); in 2005 he was honoured with the highest National Award from the Indian government for his `outstanding efforts in science and technology communications in print medium’. In 2003, he became the first Indian to win the `Outstanding Journalism’ award from the United Nations sponsored Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Washington DC.

Married and with two children working out of that new powerhouse called India where both journalism and democracy flourish he says: `I will continue to ask the tough and probing questions till I die, for I know no other way of practicing journalism.’