John Carey has been writing about science, technology, medicine, energy and the environment for more than 30 years. For most of that time, he was a senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of BusinessWeek.
His cover stories at BusinessWeek included the promise of optoelectronics, the sequencing of the human genome, business’ response to the threat of climate change, the benefits of expensive oil, and the limitations of cholesterol-lowering drugs. He has covered the high-tech industry’s agenda in Washington, fights over patent policy, concerns over U.S. competitiveness, tobacco regulation, biofuels, smart growth, AIDS, the bushmeat problem (people eating wildlife), and supercomputers, among many other topics. In pursuit of stories, he has chased sea otters in California and caught loons in Maine.
His stories have won numerous prizes, including awards from the Computer Press Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Wistar Institute. His cover story on cholesterol-lowering drugs was a National Magazine Award finalist. He is also a former editor of The Scientist, and spent six years at Newsweek, where he covered science, technology, and health.
Carey is now a freelance writer. His stories have appeared in Yale Environment360, Conservation, Scientific American, Science Business, National Wildlife, Yahoo News, and others, and he also has been working with non-profit groups like the Pew Center of Global Climate Change, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute.