Dawn Fallik

Dawn Fallik

Freelance Writer / Journalism Professor / Investigative Medical Reporter

Dawn Fallik

is an award-winning reporter specializing in database analysis, medical coverage and digital storytelling. She is a tenured associate professor at the University of Delaware who worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Associated Press.  She was co-director of the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting and serves on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

She spent 15 years as a staff reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Associated Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She witnessed an execution, investigated medication errors and spent a month in India covering the tsunami rescue and recovery.

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Associate Professor With Tenure, University of Delaware

Dawn Fallik was director of UD’s journalism program for nine years between 2009 and 2022, at one point overseeing 250 students and coordinating with three other full-time faculty members.  She created the journalism internship program in 2007, developing endowed fellowships with The News Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer, before stepping down in 2022. Her students covered the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, as well as White House credentials to cover  speeches by Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. President Donald Trump denied the request for credentials.

She was a visiting professor at the University of Kansas from 2013-2015 She served on the Ochberg Society Board of Directors, teaching journalists how to cover traumatic situations. She now serves on the board for the Association of Health Care Journalists, one of the largest groups of medical reporters and editors in the U.S.

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Recent Stories

Fallik's work has appeared in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Neurology Today, Poynter Institute and others.

Rock Star Medicine

Doctor Taylor Burkholder at a music festival in California last summer. As an emergency medical doctor at USC, he said he loves working festivals because of the fast pace and interesting cases. The perks aren't bad either.


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