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2011 Magazine/Newspaper Winner

Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a national correspondent for the Times, covering the impact of science and technology on American life. She has won two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 2008 for her series, “The DNA Age,” the other as part of a team for the series “How Race is Lived in America,” in 2001. Her chronicle of a clinical trial, “Target Cancer,’’ received several honors in 2011, including the annual journalism award given by the National Academies of Science. Currently she is writing about the challenges faced by a generation of young adults with autismseeking a foothold in the world.

Ms. Harmon is interested in all the ways science and technology shape how we live. She speaks frequently to audiences of scientists, students, parents and patients about her articles, and welcomes suggestions for good stories to pursue.

Her article on the rise of robot companions was selected for the “Best of Science Writing 2011,’’ published by HarperCollins. Here is a video of her surreal interview with a humanoid robot. Ms. Harmon’s 2005 article about two teenagers, raised in different families, who discover they are the genetic children of the same sperm donor, led the anonymous donor to disclose his identity, and became the basis of an Independent Lens documentary that aired on PBS in the fall of 2011.