Paul Tullis wins AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for Bulletin piece

By Avery Restrepo | November 9, 2023

The Bulletin is proud to share that journalist Paul Tullis won an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for his article, “Is the next pandemic brewing on the Netherlands’ poultry farms?” The piece was published with the Bulletin in September of 2022. Tullis was given the Silver Award in the category for magazine publications. 

The article investigates the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from captive birds to wildlife, and its subsequent risk to humans. In the awards announcement, judge Llewellyn Smith said that the article was “an eye-opening story of Dutch researchers up against extreme odds to keep highly pathogenic avian influenza from becoming the next pandemic. The science of prevention is fascinating, and the conundrum it delineates deeply disturbing.” 

Paul Tullis is a freelance journalist specializing in science- and technology-focused longform pieces. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Scientific American, Nature, and more. He has reported from 17 countries across five continents. He is currently based in Amsterdam, not far from the Netherlands farms at the heart of the piece.

Tullis said to AAAS, “I’m grateful that the Bulletin continues to fund such deeply reported enterprise features on public health.” 

The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards have honored “professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics” since 1945. They are organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Kavli Foundation.

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