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Liza Gross is an independent investigative journalist, senior editor at the journal PLOS Biology, and reporter for the Food and Environment Reporting Network. Her investigations — which have examined issues including unchecked violence in psychiatric hospitals, industry bias in “sound science ” groups, vaping advocates’ hidden ties to the tobacco industry and more — have received national awards and recognition in the 2016 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. She’s written for diverse outlets, including The New York Times, Discover, The Intercept, The Nation and The Washington Post.

2 responses to “Taking the Part-Time Plunge”

  1. Anne Sasso

    Great post, Liza. Excellent road map for making the jump. Do you feel more inspired now from mixing in more freelance work? Has this translated into renewed excitement or creativity for your part-time gig? I would expect the benefits to go both ways … and perhaps that’s one way to “sell” this type of move to a boss?

  2. Liza

    Thanks, Anne. Creativity and ideas definitely flow in both directions. People I meet through my writing projects often have ideas of interest to the broader biology community and may end up contributing an essay to the journal, provided my colleagues agree. And staying so close to the latest science keeps me drowning in ideas!

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