Katherina Thomas writes about global health and infectious diseases, with a focus on human connections and health inequities in Ebola outbreaks. She is a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, an International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Fellow, and was the Founding Editor of Ebola Deeply, a platform that The Guardian said "offered an antidote to media scaremongering."
Her long-form journalism has been recommended by The New Yorker, Longreads and The New York Times, which listed her work on Nina Simone's Liberian life in What Race/Related Loved in 2017. She has been published by The Independent, Reuters, BBC, Guernica, The Economist, The Guardian, Boston Globe/STAT News, and many more. She collaborates with leading West African clinicians and scientists, teaching medical journalism, building equitable access to health information, and documenting patient experiences and medical narratives through a four-year collaborative Ebola Virus Disease oral history project.
She has reported from more than 20 countries in Africa—covering outbreaks of Lassa fever, cholera and Ebola, as well as from the hospitals and frontlines of conflicts in Libya, Mali, and D.R. Congo—and she works fluently in English and French. She graduated from the University of Warwick (England), the University of London in Paris, and is now a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She grew up in a British-American family with family roots in Scotland, Singapore, France and Mexico, and lived in West Africa for ten years.
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