Rita Rubin


I’ve been a journalist ever since I edited my elementary school newspaper in Wheeling, W.Va. My father was an ob-gyn, which helps explain why I gravitated toward covering health and medicine, with a special interest in women’s health. As a freelance writer, I’ve written for WebMD, JAMA, The Lancet, POZ, Kaiser Health News,, and, among others. I’m also the author of What If I Have a C-Section (Rodale 2004)? In 2013, a cover story I wrote for POZ won first place for feature writing from the Association of Health Care Journalists. Previously, I covered medicine for USA Today, US News & World Report, and The Dallas Morning News. In 2010, I earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins and have published several short stories and personal essays. I spent a year as a journalism fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. I live with my husband and two teenage daughters in Bethesda, Md.

I cover the science of health, practically from the NIH’s backyard.