Robert Lee Hotz is a science writer at The Wall Street Journal. He is a Distinguished Writer in
Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and president of the Alicia
Patterson Foundation, which funds independent journalism projects around the world. He is a past president
of the National Association of Science Writers.
Mr. Hotz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1986 for his coverage of genetic engineering issues,
and a Pulitzer Prize finalist again in 2004 for his coverage of the space shuttle Columbia accident.
Mr. Hotz shared in The Los Angeles Times’ 1995 Pulitzer Prize for articles about the Northridge Earthquake.
He has received many other honors, including awards from the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering & Medicine; The Society of Professional Journalists, the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Geophysical Union.