AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism 2017 Recipients

The AACR June L. Biedler Prize has been established to showcase outstanding examples of cancer journalism, and to recognize individual professional journalists who have produced accurate, informative, and compelling stories.

Large Newspaper

Billy Baker
The Power of Will
The Boston Globe

Billy Baker is a feature writer for the The Boston Globe, and a member of the paper’s narrative team. He does not have a beat, but he might have a theme.

Prior to joining the Globe in 2010, he was a longtime magazine journalist whose work appeared in a lot of publications you have heard of and many you have not.

He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism school and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, and for several years he taught feature writing and profile writing in the graduate journalism program at Harvard University’s extension school.

He lives on Cape Ann with his wife, Lori, and their two little boys, Charlie and Jake.


Gareth Cook
Learning from the Lazarus Effect
The New York Times Magazine

Gareth Cook is a Pulitzer Prize-winning magazine journalist and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He’s the editor of the best-selling series The Best American Infographics, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine,, Wired, Scientific American, the Washington Monthly, and The Boston Globe Ideas section. He is also editor of Scientific American’s Mind Matters psychology blog.

Gareth began his career in Washington, D.C., with writing and editing jobs at The Washington Monthly, Foreign Policy, and U.S. News & World Report. In 1996, he moved to Boston to become the news editor of The Boston Phoenix and then, in 1999, joined The Boston Globe. He was one of the founders of the Globe’s Sunday Ideas section and then served as its editor from 2007 to 2011. He was the Globe’s science reporter for seven years, and also worked as an editor on the city desk.

In 2005, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for “explaining, with clarity and humanity, the complex scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.” He has also won the National Academies Communications Award and the Wood’s Hole Ocean Science Journalism Award. His writing has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing (2008 and 2013), The Human Face of Big Data, and A Field Guide for Science Writers. He has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Science Friday,” “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” and WBUR’s “Here and Now.”

Gareth graduated from Brown University with degrees in international relations and mathematical physics. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, with his wife, Amanda, and their two boys.


Erin SchumakerDamon Dahlen

Finding a Cure Wouldn't Mean We've Defeated Cancer
The Huffington Post

Erin Schumaker is senior healthy living editor at The Huffington Post, where she writes about public health and health disparities. Previously she worked for Departures magazine. Erin has a masters degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a graduate of Union College, where she won a grant to document recently deported migrants' detention stories on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Damon Dahlen is a photographer and photo editor at The Huffington Post. He
has been a photographer for more than 10 years. In in addition to being a news photo editor, he specializes in photojournalism. Previously he worked as a color manager for the photography department at the Washington Times.

Small Newspaper

 David Wahlberg
Cancer: New Frontiers in Treatment
Wisconsin State Journal

David Wahlberg has been the health reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison since 2005. He previously covered health and other topics at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ann Arbor News (Michigan), San Bernardino Sun (California), and Wausau Daily Herald (Wisconsin). His projects on organ transplants, doctor discipline, rural health care, and patient safety have won top awards from national organizations including the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Prize Recipients

2016 Large Newspaper, Todd Ackerman

2016 Magazine, Tom Junod

2016 Online/Multimedia, Debbie Galant and Noah Levinson

2016 Television, Kay Colby