William Broad

William Broad

Broad in 2005
Born March 7, 1951 (1951-03-07) (age 65)
Nationality American
Education University of Wisconsin
Occupation Science writer, journalist
Known for The Oracle
The Universe Below
Teller's War
Star Warriors
Betrayers of the Truth
Awards Pulitzer (twice)
Distinguished Service to Journalism (University of Wisconsin)
Science-in-Society (National Association of Science Writers)

William J. Broad (born March 7, 1951) is an American science journalist, author and a Senior Writer at The New York Times.


Broad earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.[1]

Journalism career

Broad is the author or co-author of eight books, most recently The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards (Simon & Schuster, 2012). Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War (Simon & Schuster, 2001) was a number-one New York Times Best Seller. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His other titles include The Universe Below: Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea (Simon & Schuster, 1997); Teller's War: The Top-Secret Story Behind the Star Wars Deception (Simon & Schuster, 1992); and with co-author Nicholas Wade, Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science (Simon & Schuster, 1982).

Broad's work focuses on the social repercussions of science.[1]

In 2009, he received criticism for an article on the sustainability of the blue grenadier fish from representatives of the New Zealand fishing industry.[2]

In 2012, Broad received criticism for an article on "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body"[3] from several respected yoga leaders, including in an article written by Mark Stephens, author of Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques (North Atlantic Books, 2010) entitled "How Yoga Will Not Wreck Your Body".


Broad has won two Pulitzer Prizes—shared as a contributing member of the Times staff—as well as an Emmy and a DuPont. The 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism recognized NYT staff coverage of U.S. antimissile defense in space, or Star Wars: "a six-part comprehensive series on the Strategic Defense Initiative, which explored the scientific, political and foreign policy issues involved in 'Star Wars'."[4] The 1987 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting recognized NYT staff coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster: "the aftermath of the Challenger explosion, which included stories that identified serious flaws in the shuttle's design and in the administration of America's space program."[5] In 2002, Broad won the Emmy for a PBS Nova documentary that detailed the threat of bioterrorism, based on his best-selling book Germs. In 2005 he and Times colleague David E. Sanger were Pulitzer finalists in the Explanatory Reporting category for their aggressive reporting and lucid writing that cast light on the shadowy process of nuclear proliferation".[6] In 2007, he shared a DuPont Award (with the Times team, Investigation Discovery and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the documentary, Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?



The following is a list of reviews. It does not purport to be exhaustive or even comprehensive, with reviews selected solely as may be found in a brief search, as an aid reader.


  1. 1 2 About the author, William J. Broad.
  2. Gaines, Richard (September 22, 2009), "New York Times' report on food fish raises New Zealand industry's ire", Gloucester Daily Times
  3. Broad, William J (January 5, 2012). "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body". The New York Times.
  4. "Explanatory Journalism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  5. "National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  6. "2005 Finalists". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
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