I am a reporter and editor for NPR, covering food, health and science on the web and occasionally on the air. As co-editor of NPR’s food vertical, The Salt, I am fortunate to be part of the team that won a James Beard Award for Best Group Food blog in 2012, a Gracie Award for Outstanding Blog from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation in 2013 and first place in the blog category from the Association of Food Journalists in 2013.
Before landing at NPR’s science desk, I covered the environment, immigration, economic development, and international politics. From 2004 to 2007 I reported from Latin America, with a base in Mexico City, first for United Press International and then as a freelancer. Later, I reported from East Africa and East Asia. Along the way, my writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, FORTUNE, National Geographic News, The Lancet and several other publications. My radio work has aired on NPR and PRI’s The World. I am super grateful to the folks at the International Reporting Project, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting and the International Women’s Media Foundation for the fellowships they’ve given me. I have also trained and mentored journalists on HIV/AIDS, swine flu, and climate change with the media development organizations Internews, International Center for Journalists, and the Global Press Institute. In 2009, I received an Innovations Grant from the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, which I used to hang around meat counters and pig farms to research how Chinese consumers feel about rising meat consumption. I have a B.S. with honors from the University of California-Berkeley and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. You can reach me at elizabarclay at gmail dot com or on Twitter at @elizabarclay.