AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism 2018 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. Learn more about prize.

Large Newspaper

David Crow
You Can't Escape Family History Like Yours
Financial Times

Mr. Crow was recognized in the large newspaper category for his emotional memoir, "You Can't Escape Family History Like Yours" which chronicles his quest to discover if there was a genetic link between the cancers that killed his mother and three maternal uncles, and whether he himself had inherited a mutation that put him at high risk for cancer. In the piece, Mr. Crow weaves the story of his personal journey with a scientific history of advances in genetic testing and an exploration of the limitations of this type of procedure and the potential dangers of screening asymptomatic people.

David Crow, has been senior U.S. business correspondent for the Financial Times in New York since 2014. He is responsible for covering the pharmaceuticals industry and health care. He has written on a broad range of topics from malpractice in the pharmaceuticals industry to the emergence of pioneering cell and gene therapies that are transforming the treatment of cancer. Before moving to New York he was a news editor in the London newsroom, where he had responsibility for the paper's front page. His career in journalism started while he was at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he became editor of the student newspaper.  After working for local news outlets in Glasgow, he joined City AM, the London financial newspaper, where he held a number of roles, including political editor during the 2010 UK general election, and managing editor.


Esther Landhuis, PhD
Cancer's Sweet Cloak
Science News

Ms. Landhuis was recognized in the magazine category for her outstanding article, "Cancer's Sweet Cloak," which appeared in Science News. With vivid imagery and relatable summaries of basic science, Ms. Landuis takes readers into the nascent world of sugar-based cancer immunotherapy, providing a powerful and balanced example of science writing.

Esther Landhuis ( traded pipettes for pen and keyboard in 2003--defending her immunology PhD thesis at Harvard University just days before driving across the country to begin the science communication program at UC Santa Cruz. She then did a yearlong internship covering science and health at the San Jose Mercury News and spent nearly six years as a staff reporter for Alzforum, a web community for researchers studying Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders. Currently, Esther works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a freelance science journalist raising two tweens with her engineer husband. She enjoys writing stories about hope and change told through people. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, NPR, Nature, Science News, Quanta, and elsewhere.


Natasha Loder
Closing in on Cancer: New Therapies and New Priorities
The Economist

Ms. Loder was recognized in the magazine category for “Closing in on Cancer: New Therapies and New Priorities.” In pared down and precise language, Ms. Loder provides a comprehensive look at past advances in cancer treatment in the context of the real-world experiences of a patient.

Natasha Loder is a health care correspondent for The Economist. She covers pharma, medical science and technology. Between 2011and 2014 she was a foreign correspondent, based in Chicago, covering Midwestern politics and American education. She has worked for The Economist for 18 years, spending over a decade as the science and technology correspondent, covering subjects from space to medicine and the environment. Her work regularly wins the cover of The Economist, and her ideas have helped to create some of the most iconic science covers by the magazine.


Swagata Yadavar
Three Part Series: India's Cancer-Care Crisis

Ms. Yadavar was honored in the online/multimedia category for her extremely insightful three-part series on India’s cancer-care crisis. The series uses a powerful blend of text, still photography, and video to illustrate the crisis through the eyes of patients and families, and to illuminate holes in the government’s system of care for India’s poorest patients.

Swagata Yadavar is a health journalist covering themes related to public health, epidemiology, and health policy for six years now. Swagata is interested in covering issues related to gender, sanitation, and access to healthcare. She has won the 2013 Laadli Media Award for gender reporting from the Population First, 2014 Red Ink Award for health writing from Mumbai Press Club, and the 2017 Press Institute of India and International Committee of Red Cross's special award for best article on a humanitarian subject.


Jay Korff
Because of Daniel
ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Korff was recognized in the television category for his deeply moving story, "Because of Daniel." The beautifully-edited piece about Theresa Beech, a mother whose son Daniel died of osteosarcoma at age 13, but whose expertise as a space engineer allowed her to analyze genomic data from more than 100 osteosarcoma patients and make discoveries that are now being explored by cancer researchers at the NIH with the goal of developing tailored treatments for this devastating disease.

Jay Korff is a veteran television journalist at ABC7/WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., and has won 41 Regional Emmys, 19 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards, 3 National Edward R. Murrow awards and 3 National Headliner awards. Jay has produced three award-winning short documentaries: The Stillbrave 100, Diverted: TWA Flight 514 and Left Behind. He just released his first independent feature length documentary Endure available now at This critically acclaimed film illuminates the power of human determination within the childhood cancer community.


Carey Goldberg
Fantasy No Longer: Blood Biopsies Detect Tumor DNA, Could Catch Cancer Earlier
WBUR, Boston's NPR Station

Ms. Goldberg was recognized in the radio category for “Fantasy No Longer: Blood Biopsies Detect Tumor DNA, Could Catch Cancer Earlier.” In this piece, Ms. Goldberg does an outstanding job of making the highly complex topic of liquid biopsies accessible and interesting to the public, and talking about its relevance and importance by bringing together patients, scientists, and statements from Vice President Biden’s prioritizations of the Cancer Moonshot Program.

Carey Goldberg covers health and science, and is the host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; graduated summa cum laude from Yale; and did graduate work at Harvard. She is co-author of the triple memoir "Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood."

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Previous Prize Recipients

2017 Large Newspaper, Billy Baker

2017 Magazine, Gareth Cook

2017 Online/Multimedia, Erin Schumaker and Damon Dahlen

2017 Small Newspaper, David Wahlberg

2016 Large Newspaper, Todd Ackerman

2016 Magazine, Tom Junod

2016 Online/Multimedia, Debbie Galant and Noah Levinson

2016 Television, Kay Colby