Carolyn Kormann
Carolyn Kormann has been a contributor to the The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2018, covering energy, the environment, and climate change. Previously, she was a Web editor and a deputy head of fact checking for the magazine. Her earlier work includes essays on books, swimming, time, and John Donne’s erotica, and magazine features such as “Through the Looking Glass” and “The Tasting-Menu Initiative,” which was recognized with a best-food-coverage award from the James Beard Foundation, in 2016. Kormann’s writing has also appeared in Harper’s, Porter, NPR Music, and VQR, and has been noted by the Best American Series, in its “Science and Nature Writing” and “Travel Writing” collections. She has received an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and a fellowship from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
All Work
The Mysterious Case of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory
Did the virus spring from nature or from human error?
By Carolyn KormannOctober 12, 2021
Coronavirus ChroniclesDecember 14, 2020 Issue
Countdown to a Coronavirus Vaccine
The race is nearly complete, but distributing the doses will be a breathtaking challenge.
By Carolyn KormannDecember 6, 2020
What Will Cold-and-Flu Season Mean for the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Without a national strategy to limit the virus’s spread, the country faces the “darkest winter in modern history.”
By Carolyn KormannOctober 1, 2020
Personal History
How Did I Catch the Coronavirus?
For the majority of the nearly five million COVID-19 cases across the United States, the point of infection is unknown.
By Carolyn KormannAugust 7, 2020
Annals of a Warming Planet
A Disastrous Summer in the Arctic
Record heat is hastening the dissolution of Siberian permafrost, perennially frozen ground that, when thawed, unleashes greenhouse gases and dramatically destabilizes the land.
By Carolyn KormannJune 27, 2020
Georgia PostcardJune 29, 2020 Issue
Corina Newsome and the Black Birders Movement
The wildlife conservationist, whose field site, in Georgia, is down the road from where Ahmaud Arbery was killed, helped organize #BlackBirdersWeek after a white woman called the cops on a black birdwatcher in Central Park.
By Carolyn KormannJune 22, 2020
Medical Dispatch
The Coronavirus Vaccine Is on Track to Be the Fastest Ever Developed
Pending the results of a Phase III efficacy trial this summer, a vaccine produced by the biotech company Moderna could be ready for approval as soon as the fall.
By Carolyn KormannMay 22, 2020
From Bats to Human Lungs, the Evolution of a Coronavirus
SARS-CoV-2, which honed its viral genome for thousands of years, behaves like a monstrous mutant hybrid of all the coronaviruses that came before it.
By Carolyn KormannMarch 27, 2020
Annals of a Warming Planet
Rem Koolhaas’s Journey to the Countryside
In a new exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, the architect spotlights the potential of the countryside, where he believes the most radical changes and ideas are developing.
By Carolyn KormannMarch 9, 2020
News Desk
How Long Will It Take to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine?
Researchers face political pressure to develop a vaccine that can fight COVID-19. But the virus is likely to spread for months, if not more than a year, before anything can be widely available to the public.
By Carolyn KormannMarch 8, 2020
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