Nils Bruzelius has been a journalist for 40 years. He is currently deputy national editor for science at The Washington Post, where he has been since December, 2002. There he has edited coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, the SARS and avian flu public health scares, AIDS, stem cell research, global climate change, and threats to the world’s oceans.
Previously he spent 28 years at The Boston Globe. He began there as a medical reporter and went on to become state political editor, editor of a weekly Health/Science section, and for seven years editor in charge of all coverage of medicine, science, environment and higher education.
He also spent two years with The Globe’s investigative team and shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series exposing mismanagement and corruption in Boston’s public transit system. He finished his time at The Globe with a two-year stint as Foreign Editor.
He moved to Washington in the fall of 2001 and spent a year as editor for special projects on the Science Desk of NPR. In 1992-1993 he spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow.
Born in Sweden, Bruzelius grew up there, in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America. He earned a B.A. in history at Amherst College. An avid sailor, he has completed two trans-Atlantic crossings and numerous shorter ocean passages in a variety of sailboats.