Science writer and author (USA)

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a columnist for Wired’s Ideas section, a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health, and the author of the 2017 bestseller BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, which was named a best book of 2017 by Amazon, Smithsonian, Science News, Wired, Civil Eats, and other publications. It is published in the UK and other territories under the title PLUCKED. Her earlier, award-winning books are Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She appeared in the 2018 documentary Resistance Fighters (Die globale Antibiotika-krise), and her 2015 TED Talk, What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more? has been viewed 1.7 million times and translated into 34 languages. She writes for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, NPR, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Nature, and The Guardian, among other publications. She received the 2014 Leadership Award from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and the 2013 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences.