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  Jenni Laidman
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm a veteran writer/reporter specializing in science and medicine, but with a clip file that includes stories on horse racing, sex toy parties, and trends in the book publishing industry. On the science/medicine side, I've written for publications aimed at a general audience and those targeted to professionals. I can translate complex, nuanced science into understandable, interesting and accurate storytelling. And I can delve into data and sort through hype to identify the key elements in scientific research. In recent months I've written about the discovery of a new hormone important in exercise, the search for performance genes in thoroughbreds, cochlear implants in developmentally disabled infants, and the findings of and participants in a 45-year twin study. I've also written about earthquakes, stem cells, the future of coal, obesity, climate change, endangered species, and zoo issues.
Work Info
Editor 15 Years
Reporter 22 Years
Writer 22 Years
Science 22 Years
Books, food, horse sex, travel, and everything in between. 22 Years
Medicine 22 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
23 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Business First (11+), Louisville Magazine (11+), Medscape (11+), Chicago Tribune (6-10), Circulation Research (1-2), Science (1-2), Scientific American online (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (6-10), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (6-10), Fox Chase Cancer Center (1-2)
Other Work History
I was full-time science writer for the Toledo Blade before turning freelance (voluntarily, I might add) in 2007. I also teach magazine writing at the University of Louisville.
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Windows XP, Pages, Mac and PCs.
laptop, digital recorder, digital camera, digital video via iphone.
Foreign Language Skills
none worth talking about
Kane Webb, Louisville Magazine
Robert Finn, Medscape
Luann Sharp, The Toledo Blade
MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow; American Association for the Advancement of Science Writing Award winner; finalist for national environmental writing award; published in Best Newspaper Writing 2000; Women in Communications national award winner, more than 20 other awards from wire services, regional and local press clubs, and other journalism organizations.
National Association of Science Writers
In addition to the academic year I spent taking classes at MIT and Harvard in the Knight Science fellowship, I have had fellowships to workshops on a variety of topics including cancer and internet technology.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Life science  
(Scientific American, 5/4/2012)
The race is on among commercial laboratories trying to convince thoroughbred breeders and buyers of the utility of genetic testing. Companies are scrambling to lay claim to the best markers for athletic traits, and major thoroughbred farms are signing up horses for testing, even though some say they
(Louisville Magazine, 5/1/2009)
Nothing brings visitors to zoos like babies, especially baby elephants such as Scotty. But studies of captive elephant survival -- which is not even as good as survival in the wild -- as well as abysmal elephant reproduction rates throw the ethics of captivity into question. The young elephant this
(Toledo Blade, 4/27/2003)
A family of drunken mice helps unlock the secrets of addiction. It's not just alcohol and drugs that trigger addictions. Sugar can be just as potent.
Contact Info
  Jenni Laidman
Louisville, KY 40207

Tel: 502 618-1820  
E-Mail: jl@jennilaidman.com
Website: http://www.jennilaidman.com