Cristine Russell is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written about science and medicine for more than three decades. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, currently at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and, in spring 2006, at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She is also a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and its Observatory science section. Russell was formerly a national science reporter for The Washington Post and The Washington Star. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and serves on the National Academies Communication Awards selection committee, the USC Annenberg School for Communication board, and on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Russell is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and has a biology degree from Mills College.