A 2015 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Katie Worth is Frontline's inaugural Frontline-Columbia Tow Journalism Fellow.
She began her professional life at thePacific Daily News on Guam, and later worked as an enterprise reporter for the San Francisco Examiner.
In 2011 she moved to Santiago, Chile, where she spent three years admiring the Andes, eating too many empanadas, and freelancing stories for Scientific American, National Geographic, Slate and Vice.
In 2014 she moved back to the North American continent as an Anne O’Hare McCormick Scholar at Columbia Journalism School’s Masters of Arts program for mid-career journalists.
These days, she likes to write about science, politics, and their myriad intersections.
“Without question, fossil fuels will continue to be used, and we would argue it’s in the best global interest to make sure that when fossil fuels are used, it’s as clean and efficient as possible,” Banks said.
The triple-whammy of mosquito-borne illnesses — the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya — has pushed Brazil’s universal healthcare system beyond its already stretched capacity at a time when there is little money to shore it up. In the state of Pernambuco, the scope of the epidemics is stunning: Reported mosquito-borne illnesses rose from 20,000 in 2014 to 150,000 in 2015.
Parents of children with microcephaly in Brazil are now finding each other via the social media platform WhatsApp. Brazilians doctors and scientists also credit the platform for helping them quickly understand the scope of the burgeoning epidemic of birth defects.
With no end to the outbreak in sight, Zika has become a part of the five-day celebrations. Mosquito costumes have featured heavily in parades across the country. Health officials handed out paper fans with information about how to avoid the virus. And some pregnant women did what was once unthinkable in a nation known for its celebratory spirit — they stayed home.
Researchers in Brazil are still trying to see if there is a definitive connection between Zika and Microcephaly. There's new evidence that is pointing them in that direction.