Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon (born September 17, 1968) is an American journalist.[1] She won a Pulitzer Prize as a correspondent for The New York Times covering the impact of science and technology on everyday life.[2] Harmon uses narrative storytelling to illuminate the human dilemmas posed by advances in science. In 2013, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.[3] Her daughter Sasha Matthews is a cartoonist.

Early life and educationEdit

Harmon was born in New York City in 1968.[1] She received a B.A. degree in American Studies from the University of Michigan and began her career in journalism as the Opinion page editor of the Michigan Daily, the university's student newspaper.


Harmon was hired as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and briefly covered the auto industry from the paper's Detroit bureau, before she moved to Los Angeles and started writing mainly about digital technology and science.

In 1997, she joined The New York Times. Three years later she wrote an article about a black internet entrepreneur and his white partner, "A Limited Partnership: The Black Internet Entrepreneur Had the Idea; The White One Became the Venture's Public Face".[4] It was one of ten articles in a series on race relations for which The New York Times staff won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.[5] Harmon won the prize for Explanatory Reporting alone in 2008 for a series titled "The DNA Age" about the ramifications of new genetic technology. The award formally cited "her striking examination of the dilemmas and ethical issues that accompany DNA testing, using human stories to sharpen her reports."[2] In 2011, Harmon's "Target Cancer" series, about the human testing of a new kind of cancer drug, received the National Academies Communication Award, the journalism award given by the National Academies of Science.[6] Her article "Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World" won the 2012 Casey Medal for excellence in reporting on children and families.[7]

In 2013, she wrote the short e-book, Asperger Love: Searching for Romance When You're Not Wired to Connect, published in 2013 by New York Times/Byliner.[8]



  • Harmon, Amy (2013). Asperger love : searching for romance when you're not wired to connect (ebook). New York Times/Byliner.

Essays and reportingEdit

  • Harmon, Amy (February–March 2014). "Citrus fightback : race to save the orange by altering its DNA". Special Feature. Food Wars. Cosmos. 55: 56–62.


  1. ^ a b Amy Harmon biography, Retrieved on April 8, 2008
  2. ^ a b "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Explanatory Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 4, 2013. With short biography and reprints of 10 works (N.Y. Times articles March 18 to December 28, 2007).
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Guggenheim Foundation Biography.
  4. ^ "A Limited Partnership". Amy Harmon. The New York Times. June 14, 2000. Reprint as part of 2001 Pulitzer Prize portfolio.
  5. ^ "National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 27, 2013. With reprints of 10 works (June 2000 N.Y. Times articles).
  6. ^ "National Academies Keck Futures Initiative - Communication Awards". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "2012 JCCF Casey Medals". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 31, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link). Asperger Love: A New York Times / Byliner Original by Amy Harmon.