Oakland Voices Alumna Iris M. Crawford Attending MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing

A Guyanese American woman with short blond hair and a brightly colored shirt smiles at camera
Iris M. Crawford

Alumni news! Oakland Voices alumna Iris M. Crawford will be attending MIT’s graduate program in science writing this fall. Crawford also received the Taylor/Blakeslee Fellowship from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

Crawford (Oakland Voices 2019-2020 cohort) has written about many topics for Oakland Voices, including covering unhoused populations. She also interned at InvestigateWest this past year, focusing her project on race and economic inequality in the fight for climate justice in the Pacific Northwest.

Crawford says she wants to continue to focus on science journalism. “What brings me to science journalism is seeing the ways in which bias and racism, particularly within the realms of environmental and biomedical science, continue to have lasting effects on communities such as my own,” she told CASW. Crawford is a first generation Guyanese American and is aiming to become an investigative environmental journalist.

Congratulations to Iris! Look for some upcoming articles by Crawford here at Oakland Voices in the upcoming weeks.


Oakland Voices is currently accepting applications for our 2021 cohort. Apply by May 14, 2021.

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  1. Congratulations, Iris!

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