Dean Russell

Science and investigative journalist

Dean is an award-winning reporter and producer covering science, health and equity. His work has been published by the Center for Public Integrity, THE CITY, Grist, Hakai Magazine, The Guardian, The Nation, NPR, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, The Texas Tribune, Type Investigations, WBUR and others. 

He is a producer for WBUR Podcasts and an editor for THE CITY's "MISSING THEM" project to document COVID-19's effect on communities in New York City. He was a '20 Columbia Journalism Investigations fellow and an associate producer for NPR and WBUR's "Here & Now" and "On Point."

His reporting for the Center for Public Integrity and Columbia Journalism Investigations' series "Hidden Epidemics" helped earn first prize for public-health reporting (large) in the 2020 Association of Health Care Journalists awards and for investigative journalism (online) in the Society of Professional Journalists, D.C. Chapter, 2021 Dateline awards.


He also wrote and reported for "MISSING THEM," which received the News Leaders Association's 2021 Punch Sulzberger Innovator of the Year Award and ONA's 2021 Knight Award for Public Service. His investigation of a New York State-run nursing home earned an EPPY award for best collaborative investigation in 2021.

In 2019, he earned a Master of Arts in science reporting from Columbia Journalism School.​