Erika Hayasaki

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Associate Professor of Literary Journalism
School of Humanities


University of California, Irvine
403 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Academic Distinctions
Best American Science Writing, notable story. (2019)

Alicia Patterson Fellow, Cissy Patterson Award for Science and Environmental Reporting. (2018)

Society for Features Journalism Narrative Writing Award. (2014)

University of California, Hellman Fellowship Award. (2013-2014)

University of California, Irvine Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. (2013)

University of California Academic Senate’s Council on Research, Computing and Libraries Grant. (2010)

Livingston Award for Young Journalists, finalist. (2008)

American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, Excellence-in-Feature-Writing Contest. (2007)

American Society of Newspaper Editors, Team Breaking News Award. (2006)

Los Angeles Times Best Writing award. (2004)

Livingston Award for Young Journalists, finalist. (2004)

Asian American Journalists Association award. (1999)

Society of Professional Journalists & Chicago Headline Club. (1999)

Northwest Journalists of Color award. (1996)

Seattle Times and Dow Jones Newspaper Fund award. (1995)
Research Abstract
Erika Hayasaki is a journalist who writes about health, science, technology, psychology, and the human condition. She is a 2018 Alicia Patterson Fellow in science and environmental reporting. Her features and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Newsweek, TIME, The New Republic, MIT Technology Review, The California Sunday Magazine, Slate, Pacific Standard, Foreign Policy, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, Narratively, and others. She is a former New York-based national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where she spent nine years covering breaking news and writing feature stories, and she is the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life (Simon & Schuster 2014). Her research, writing and teaching interests include: health and science narratives, feature writing, medical journalism, race and culture reporting, audio and multimedia storytelling.
Work Featured in Books
The Death Class: A True Story About Life, by Erika Hayasaki, Simon & Schuster. (January 2014)
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