Tara Haelle


I am a freelance science journalist and photojournalist who specializes in reporting on vaccines, pediatric and maternal health, parenting, nutrition, obesity, mental health, medical research, environmental health and the social sciences. My work has appeared in Scientific American, the Washington Post, Politico, Slate, NOVA, Wired, Science and Pacific Standard, and I write regularly for HealthDay, Frontline Medical Communications and my science and health mom blog Red Wine & Apple Sauce. I was the health editor at Double X Science and am currently co-authoring an evidence-based parenting book due in late 2015. I received my master's in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin (also my undergrad alma mater), and I teach journalism at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. I previously taught high school and often think of my journalism as a form of teaching, by helping others understand science and medical research and by debunking misinformation about vaccines, chemicals and other misunderstood topics.

I offer straight talk on science, medicine, health and vaccines.