The Sharon Begley Fund

Photo collage of Sharon Begley with the Dalai Lama
Left, Sharon Begley with the Dalai Lama, host of a conference for her book, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves; center, Begley in 2011; right, Begley poses with a sedated wolf in a photo for a Newsweek story in 1991. Photos courtesy Ned Groth.


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The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award

Sharon Begley (1956-2021) was a science journalist of unflinching dedication, skill, moral clarity, and commitment to mentoring. Over more than four decades, her coverage of science for national news outlets was renowned for its authoritative insight and depth, accuracy, scientific rigor, lyrical prose, and myth-busting impact.

The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award will provide lasting recognition of this remarkable journalist. And at a time when accurate, incisive, responsible science journalism is more essential than ever, this significant award will provide urgently needed recognition and support for reporting that embodies the high standards that Sharon epitomized.

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing will bestow the Sharon Begley Award in the form of a grant of at least $20,000 to enable a mid-career science journalist to complete a major reporting project they would otherwise be unable to undertake. We aim to create a new and significant award that will inspire and support high standards of excellence in coverage of science, technology, medicine, and the environment.

Funding the Sharon Begley Award

The award is established and funded through the efforts and personal generosity of Edward (Ned) Groth, Sharon’s husband, and other donors, with the support and assistance of CASW’s board and staff. Groth is a scientist, author, and food safety and environmental health consultant who was the longtime director of public service projects for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Our goal is to create a $1 million dedicated fund, sufficient to support the annual cash grant, ceremony, program administration, and an annual submission and judging process.

Thank you!

More than $700,000 had been raised when the award was announced on September 29, 2021. CASW extends special thanks to Ned Groth, founder; the CASW board members and presidents; and other early endorsers and volunteers who together were responsible for the successful private launch of the campaign.

CASW is deeply grateful to all who have generously contributed to the Sharon Begley Fund.

Alan AldaEdward Groth IIICharles Plohn
Patricia Chambers BalasJohnson M. HartLynn Povich
The Beaty Family Fund
of the Greater Washington
Community Foundation
Thomas and Erika HaydenAric J Press
Emily BenedekDenis HayesSheldon Rampton
Willard BunnJonathan S. HolmanRosalind Reid
Arthur CaplanBruce and Georgia JohnsonRobina Riccitiello
John CareyAndrew JosephJoann Rodgers
George ChurchClaudia Kalb
and Steve Sternberg
Yuval Rosenberg
Nancy CooperBarbara KantrowitzJoel Rosner
Donald and Becky CustisDavid KaplanDr. Bart Rossi
Peter DeriBert KerstetterSylvia Rowe
Eric DezenhallKenneth and Ruth KrosinRick Sax
David Dollenmayer
and Linda Pape
Ron LandeckPaul Segal
Jennifer Doudna
and Jamie Cate
Alfred Lewis and Mary TroxellDaniel Shapiro
William DucasDavid LiuCarl Sharpe
John EdieAmy Dockser MarcusBen Sommers
Paul and Anne EhrlichKathryn MarkelMark Starr
Steve FeiertagOwen and Eileen MathieuRich Stone
Ann FinkbeinerAnn McDanielSteve Suppan
Jeffrey FoxJohn I. MerrittMr. and Mrs. Michael Tooke
Susan FrakerSandra MorrisMr. and Mrs. M. Jay Trees Fund
Dan FranklinJon and Liane MorseMeredith and Henry Von Kohorn
Ken FranklinMary and Sherif NadaClaudia Wallis
Bruce and Barbara FurieIan NisbetRon Winslow
Elissa GreenwaldLynn and William OsbornAnonymous donors
Daniel GrossJames ParmentierThe CASW Board of Directors
Bob GrossfeldFrank Phillips