Claudia Kalb is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist who specializes in the fields of medicine, mental health, and science. Her articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Newsweek, and numerous other publications, both in print and online. Her book, Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities, a New York Times bestseller, was published in 2016.
A former senior writer for Newsweek, Claudia wrote features and cover stories for the magazine for 17 years on subjects ranging from stem cells and genetic testing to the origins of autism and the biological underpinnings of emotional memory. Claudia’s reporting has received numerous awards, including a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for her cover story, “Girl or Boy? The New Science of Sex Selection.” Her story, “Battling a Black Epidemic,” was featured in Newsweek’s cover package, “AIDS at 25,” which was selected as a National Magazine Award finalist.
Born in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, Claudia has been steeped in news since childhood. She is passionate about innovative, informative and compelling storytelling and is known for combining in-depth and serious reporting with engaging, accessible writing. Claudia has appeared as a guest on national television and radio programs and she has spoken at professional and educational forums on the media and science writing.
Claudia graduated from Amherst College and received a master’s degree in International Affairs, with a specialization in media, from Columbia University. Claudia was awarded a Casey fellowship at the Journalism Center on Children & Families, a Boot Camp fellowship at the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.