Betsy Ladyzhets

Freelance journalist

Member since Aug 2023

Betsy Ladyzhets is an independent science, health, and data journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. She runs the COVID-19 Data Dispatch, a newsletter and blog focused on tracking the (continued) pandemic, and is the community manager for Connector at the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Recently, she was a journalism fellow at MuckRock, where she contributed to award-winning COVID-19 investigations. Her work has appeared in Science News, The Atlantic, STAT News, FiveThirtyEight, and other national publications.

The federal government has burned through more than $1 billion to study Long COVID, and there’s basically nothing to show for it. This investigation from STAT News and MuckRock explores the National Institute of Health’s failed RECOVER initiative.

Wastewater surveillance has become a valuable tool for tracking COVID-19 and other pathogens. But now its long-term ability to protect public health is in jeopardy. This Scientific American story explores the funding concerns and uneven state commitments at play.

A growing body of research suggests that the gut microbiome could play a major role in a debilitating chronic disease that has been on the rise in conjunction with Long COVID. This National Geographic article discusses two recent studies, along with patient research efforts.

Airplane bathrooms are not most people’s idea of a good time, but they might be a data gold mine for public health. This story for the Atlantic explores the wastewater surveillance potential at 30,000 feet and in many other settings beyond entire cities’ sewersheds.

The true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on many communities of color is worse than previously known. This feature –a collaboration between MuckRock, USA TODAY, and local newsrooms in three states – explores this trend using data from the CDC and Boston University researchers.

Suggested journalists

  • Managing Editor
  • United States

Guia Baggi

  • Independent journalist
  • Italy

Farhana Haque Nila

  • Senior Reporter
  • Bangladesh

Max Barnhart

  • Freelance Journalist
  • United States