Dawn Fallik BA, MA

University of Delaware

Dawn Fallik is a medical and science reporter specializing in database analysis, and an associate professor at the University of Delaware. She was a staff writer for The Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Philadelphia Inquirer’s medical desk before moving to academia. She now writes for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Neurology Today, where she won the 2018 Gold Award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors for her work on the gender gap in medical salaries.Her stories on heat and medication patches resulted in a federal investigation and a black box warning. She also has covered a Super Bowl (Rams-Patriots,) U2 and the national BBQ championship in Kansas City. She has won awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and column writing and received a summer fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for journalism at Harvard University and the Dart Fellowship for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. At the University of Delaware, she mainly teaches pre-med and pre-pharma students, who seem surprised that their careers will require them to talk to patients and not just peers. They interview study authors about research, nonmedical students about their health challenges, and patients about their medical experiences. She is developing a STEM Narrative minor aimed at introducing social media, video and podcast storytelling skills to the science and medical toolkit. Fallik has lived in 15 cities, including New York, Boston, Berkeley, London, Omaha, and Lawrence, Kansas. However, she keeps returning to Philadelphia where she lives in a 130-year-old house in West Philly (Will Smith never visits.)