Janet H Wilson

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Award-winning reporter, editor and producer for the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, New York Daily News, University of California, Irvine, Christian Science Monitor, ABC News and others, specializing in environment, energy, public health and higher education. Comprehensive breaking news and investigative skills, and stylish feature writer. Web, multimedia, newspaper, television experience.
Email: janet.wilson@thejournalismshop.com
Phone: 213-880-8948


Modular multi-media packages are a highly effective storytelling tool. I hitched rides on military flights, then spent a week on a research boat in West Greenland gathering material to create packages for the University of California, Irvine website and alumni magazine. I helped reporters and producers for The New York Times Sunday magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Japanese network NHK and scores more with stories, interviews, B-roll and photos related to UCI glaciologists’ work there. For more about this story, go here.


  • Harvard University | Nieman Fellow
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism | M.S.
  • Yale University | B. A. Theater Studies


  • 2015, 2012 Gold, Silver Medals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • 2008 First Place, Associated Press Breaking News; Los Angeles Press Association Hard News
  • 2004 Pulitzer Prize Breaking News-front line reporter on winning team
  • Other Awards from National Association of Black Journalists; Michigan Bar Association; Orange County, CA, Michigan, New Jersey Press Associations
Climate Change

Climate change at the front door   Silvia Rico Medina and her family live in a cinder-block hut they built by hand at the bottom of one of Tijuana’s poorest canyons. Their roof is a sagging plastic campaign sign for a Mexican presidential candidate. Her sons, 7 and 10, scamper

Toxic Metals

Living in Industry’s Shadow: After Years of Illnesses, Family Looks for Answers   The Martin family lives 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, in a neat yellow house in a city called Maywood. Starting a few blocks from their home, nearly 2,000 factories churn out Southern California’s hot dogs, pesticides,

Maywood Water

The city that said ‘no’ Maywood, Calif. — On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Jesus Padilla flipped on the spigot in his front yard. Tea-colored water spurted out. “We got a nightmare here,” says Mr. Padilla, a retired machinist who has lived here for 30 years. His wife, Francisca, rushed out

Canada Dry

Canada’s glaciers and ice caps are now a major contributor to sea level change, a new UCI study shows. Glaciers Now Major Contributor to Sea Level Change Irvine, Calif., Feb. 14, 2017 — Ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change,

Stroke of the Future

Someone in the U.S. dies from stroke about every four minutes, but within 20 years, stem cells, genetics and robotics will get patients back on their feet after a blood clot in the brain.| In 20 years, stem cells, genetics and robotics will get patients back on their feet after

Unboiling an Egg

Unboil an Egg – UC Irvine | UC Irvine and fellow chemists find a way to unboil eggs, an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry. Here’s a collection of media coverage highlights.

The Rams at UCI

UCI brings pro football back to Orange County   When the Rams NFL football team returned to southern California, they chose UCI as their summer training site. Thousands of fans came to visit, and the campus wanted to welcome them and bring attention to its sports-related research.

James Cameron

James Cameron: I’m the greenest director of all time! He’s made the highest grossing film on the planet, but Hollywood mega-director James Cameron is now promoting “Avatar” as the most successful environmental film of all time, too. Really. “There is no studio anywhere in the world who would say an

Cap, Trade, Skeletons

Nearly 20 years ago, a novel program called “cap and trade” was rolled out by Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The aim was to keep rural Northeastern lakes from being tainted by corrosive “acid rain” created by power plant emissions hundreds of miles to the west. Under the


University of California Irvine | Director of Special Projects
uciHead “strike team” that produces multimedia digital and print packages on Greenland, Solar Decathlon, first generation college students, eSports and more.
Have placed front page and top of the news stories in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, CBS “60 Minutes”, BBC, Reddit, Slate and hundreds of other outlets about the collapse of W. Antarctica, nuclear waste clean-up, a leafy bedbug cure, sewage powered cars and other topics.

Hunt National Health Reporting Fellow
usc-annenberg-logoTested Latino family living near industry, found high levels of bio-contaminants. Wrote in-depth reports for Center for Investigative Reporting/California Watch, Eastern Group Newspapers (nation’s largest Spanish-English chain).

Institute for Justice and Journalism | Senior Fellow

justice-instituteResearched life in the shadow of industrial zones. Designed environmental health conferences for ethnic media, featuring public health and pollution experts; national, state and local policymakers; affected community groups.

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer & Editor

  • LAT logoEnvironment reporter, regularly broke exclusive stories, from inner city neighborhoods grappling with deadly soot and hexavalent chromium to White House officials quashing scientists’ findings on ozone and climate change.
  • Frontline reporter on 2004 Pulitzer Prize breaking news team. Other reporting included penetrating Ground Zero after 9/11 for seven weeks, immigration and demographics, nursing home investigations.
  • Editor of yearlong project on foster children “aging out” of system. Managed five county reporters.

Detroit Free Press | Staff Writer
detroit-free-pressAwarded Harvard University Nieman Fellowship for coverage of juvenile violence. Covered Jack Kevorkian, police brutality murder trials. Profiled male teens’ entry into adult penal system and wrote “The Shadowy Morgue” about incompetent medical examiners causing wrongful murder convictions.

Staff Writer and Freelancer-Christian Science Monitor, Grist.org, Environmental Health News, CNN, ABC News “Nightline,” Boston Globe, New York Daily News, New York Post, Jersey Journal, Hudson Dispatch

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