kat mcgowan

editing

 
 
 not actually me

not actually me

 

As project editor, I developed the 2018 Grist 50, which showcases the best and the brightest up-and-coming leaders in sustainability. I was recently contributing editor for features with Spectrum, the autism research news site. Spectrum stories I edited won journalism awards in 2018 from the National Institute for Health Care Management, and in 2017 and 2016 from the Association for Health Care Journalists. Previously, I was special projects editor at Discover, creating issues devoted to one big subject: The Brain, Evolution, Extreme Earth.

I’ve edited for a variety of publications: Shaping Discover‘s massive Year in Science issue, transforming technical articles for Scientific American Mind, and polishing up features for Nautilus.

Before that, I was senior editor at Psychology Today. One of the best stories I assigned and edited there was a sharp take on modern partnership: The Great Soul Mate Quest, about our impossible expectations for dating and marriage.

In the late 1990s, I was senior editor at City Limits, New York City’s feisty little investigative magazine-that-could. I scooped the NYT on stories about conflicts of interest in the mayor’s beloved Welfare-to-Work program, and the death of a Brooklyn teenager caused in part by negligent housing code enforcement.