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Named “the most important and impactful journalist” of 2020 by the Poynter Institute, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ed Yong was a science staff writer with The Atlantic from 2015 to 2023. He was awarded journalism’s top honor, the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for his crucial coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. He anticipated the course of virus, the complex challenges the U.S. faced and the government’s disastrous failure in its response.

An accomplished speaker, Yong brings his vast scientific knowledge and engages his audiences through his insightful conversations about the pandemic, the animal kingdom, the challenges of science journalism and more.

Yong is also passionate about other areas in science. He is the best-selling author of “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us,” a groundbreaking, informative and entertaining examination of the relationship between animals and microbes. His second book, “An Immense World,” takes a comprehensive look at the fascinating sensory worlds of animals. A New York Times bestseller, “An Immense World” is longlisted for the PEN America 2023 Literary Award and has made many Best Books of the Year lists. 

In addition to The Atlantic, his work has appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist and Scientific American, among others.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne University Steelman Lecture Series.

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