Cheryl Weinstock MA

Independent journalist

Independent journalist

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Professional Bio


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Cheryl Platzman Weinstock is an award-winning journalist who reports about health and science research and its impact on society, with a focus on mental health, medical ethics issues, and the medical research gender gap. Her writing has been published by AARP, NPR, Kaiser Health, Cancer Today, Reuters, and Spectrum.

Her investigative pieces have brought attention to important issues about mental health and suicide, including the under-reported number of suicides misclassified as unintentional overdose deaths, misleading policymakers and leaving a huge segment of society ignored, and the hidden mental health risks for people who survive a sibling’s suicide.

She received awards from the National Federation of Press Women and the Connecticut Press Club for her story in Spectrum on the hidden danger of suicide in individuals with autism, and for her story in NPR Shots about how religious leaders are challenging the silence and isolation surrounding suicide. She has also won the SAVE National Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Suicide.

She is a contributor to AARP and reported on COVID-19 for them throughout the height of the pandemic. She recently won a gold and bronze award in the 30th Mature Media Competition. She also writes and reports on metropolitan and breaking news for The New York Times and contributed to the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of 9/11.

Other awards she has received include The American Society of Journalists and Authors Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing That Makes a Difference, and the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writer’s Association Will Solimene Award for Excellence.

Affiliation

Parent: Independent journalist

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Education

Brooklyn College 1979

B.S.

Areas of Expertise

Mental health and suicide, COVID-19