Liza Gross is an award-winning independent journalist, investigative reporter and author who’s written about topics ranging from cougars and autism to climate change and psychedelic medicine. She specializes in conservation, environmental health and justice, agricultural issues and the intersection of science and society. Her stories reflect her wide-ranging interests and curiosity about the natural world, power imbalances, and the misuse and abuse of science for private gain. Her broad interests landed her on staff at publications as diverse as Wine Spectator, Parenting, Sierra, and the open-access journal PLOS Biology, where she’s a senior editor for the magazine section.
Liza spent her formative years at Wine Spectator, where she worked on the magazine and edited books and guides. She served as copy chief at Parenting, before moving on to Sierra, where she specialized in toxics and environmental health and produced a special report on environmental links to breast cancer. There, she discovered a latent love of science, which led her to join San Francisco’s Exploratorium as a staff writer. At the Exploratorium, she experimented with novel approaches to science communication and was the lead writer for a collection of exhibits called Traits of Life. Exploratorium founding director Frank Oppenheimer hoped that giving people the tools to understand science would help them make the world a better place for future generations. His vision continues to inspire her work as an investigative reporter seeking to illuminate some of Earth’s most pressing problems.
Her stories have appeared in diverse outlets, including The Intercept, The Nation, The Verge, Smithsonian, Ensia, New York Times, Discover, Science Insider, Slate, NPR, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic’s News Watch, High Country News, East Bay Express, Scientific American, Sierra, Tikkun, PLOS Biology, Wines & Vines, Wine Spectator.
She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2019 SPJ NorCal Excellence in Journalism Award for Explanatory Journalism; 2019 Association of Food Journalists Award 3rd place; The Best of Nonprofit News 2018 — Money, Power & Influence; 2016 AHCJ Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, Investigative Reporting, Small Market; 2016 California Civic Data Coalition NICAR Scholarship; 2016 Journalist Fellowship, North American Congress of Conservation Biology; 2015 AHCJ Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, Investigative Reporting, Small Market; 2015-2016 California Health Data Journalism Fellow; 2015 ASJA Honorable Mention, Reporting on a Significant Topic; 2014 ASJA Outstanding Article Award; 2014 SPJ NorCal, Excellence in Journalism Award; 2013 NYU Reporting Award; 2013 California Endowment National Health Journalism Dennis Hunt Fellowship; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship; Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Meadowood Napa Valley, Fellowship.
International Advisory Board Member, Organisation for Propaganda Studies
Reporter, Food and Environment Reporting Network
*Society of Environmental Journalists
*Investigative Reporters and Editors
*National Association of Science Writers
*Northern California Science Writers Association
*New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Certificate