Sharon Lerner
Sharon Lerner is an Investigative Reporter at The Intercept covering health, science, and the environment. Her work focuses on how corporate pollution impacts ordinary Americans as well as failures within the environmental regulatory process.
Her stories have been used in congressional hearings, have helped lead the U.S. Air Force to discontinue use of PFC-containing firefighting foam, and have helped get PFOA listed in the Stockholm Convention. Her investigation of chlorpyrifos was the first to lay out how the Trump administration might reverse a long-awaited ban of the pesticide. Her stories have also appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Sharon’s reporting has received an Izzy Award and awards from the Society for Environmental Journalists, the American Public Health Association, the Women and Politics Institute, and the Newswoman’s Club of New York.
Sharon Lerner’s series about perfluorinated chemicals, “The Teflon Toxin,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and featured in the documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Her ongoing coverage of those chemicals, in the “Bad Chemistry” series, has won several awards. Sharon has also covered health issues and, in 2010, wrote a book on American family policy. She has worked in public radio and turned one of her investigative pieces for The Intercept, about an environmental activist who landed in prison, into a long-form radio piece.
Contacts:
sharon.lerner@theintercept.com
@fastlerner
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The Coronavirus Crisis
NIH Officials Worked With EcoHealth Alliance to Evade Restrictions on Coronavirus Experiments
Sharon Lerner, Mara Hvistendahl – Nov. 3
Emails show that NIH officials allowed EcoHealth Alliance to craft oversight language governing its own gain-of-function research.
EPA Exposed
EPA Withheld Reports of Substantial Risk Posed by 1,240 Chemicals
Sharon Lerner – Nov. 1
Beginning in 2019, the EPA stopped releasing crucial toxics reports. Even agency staffers have a hard time accessing them.
The Coronavirus Crisis
EcoHealth Alliance Conducted Risky Experiments on MERS Virus in China
Sharon Lerner, Maia Hibbett – Oct. 21
Documents released by the NIH contradict previous assertions by EcoHealth Alliance about its experiments on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan.
Bad Chemistry
People Exposed to PFAS Criticize EPA Action Plan as Too Little, Too Late
Sharon Lerner – Oct. 19
Community advocates and environmental groups pointed out that the EPA has promised action on toxic PFAS pollution for many years.
EPA Exposed
EPA Plans to Clean Up Troubled Chemical and Pesticide Programs
Sharon Lerner – Oct. 14
The EPA announced the creation of two internal scientific advisory panels after whistleblower accounts of internal corruption.
EPA Failed to Correct Industry Misinformation About Deadly Air Pollution at Public Meetings
Sharon Lerner – Oct. 13
“We need people more than we need ethylene oxide,” responded one outraged resident. “Stop making it, stop putting it out there.”
The Coronavirus Crisis
Merck Sells Federally Financed Covid Pill to U.S. for 40 Times What It Costs to Make
Sharon Lerner – Oct. 5
The Covid-19 treatment molnupiravir was developed using funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
The Coronavirus Crisis
NIH Bat Coronavirus Grant Report Was Submitted More Than Two Years Late
Mara Hvistendahl, Sharon Lerner – Oct. 1
The unusual timing of a bat coronavirus grant report suggests that an earlier version may have been revised.
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