Doug Levy

Food/wine/travel/science/health writer

Peabody-award winning investigative reporter. Food/wine/travel blogger and long-time science, technology and health care journalist. Former chief communications officer at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY; communications director and lecturer at UCSF School of Medicine; health and technology reporter for USA Today; science editor at UPI.


You Can Get Your DNA Tested At An NFL Game. Should You?
Depending on whom you ask, finding out whether your genes make you a better athlete or give you healthier skin may be as easy as swabbing your cheeks for a DNA test on your way...
Free DNA Kits at S.F. 49ers Games Attract Skeptics - and Regulators
Depending on whom you ask, finding out whether your genes make you a better athlete or give you healthier skin may be as easy as swabbing your cheeks for a DNA test on your way...
The importance of FOIA as a tool for journalists and the public
Last week I had the honor of moderating a panel at The Rockefeller University that looked at how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other laws
Spatial Reasoning Is Your Brain's Inner GPS
One of a series of videos produced for Scientific American and AARP on brain science. This one was about "spatial reasoning," the brain's "GPS." To strengthen spatial...
Video: How Selective Attention Helps You Stay Focused
Part of a series of brain science videos produced for Scientific American and AARP. In a world full of distraction, our brain's selective attention allows us to stay...
When Fear Becomes An Unintended Public Health Problem
With the Zika virus in the daily headlines, public health authorities should be looking carefully at how they communicate about this latest emerging infectious disease. People...
If you are concerned about corruption...
Here are just a few items that you may have missed in the past couple of days. UPDATE: On top of all the stuff below, check out the top story in the March 13 New Yorker , which...
What's Next for Progressives?
Doug Levy was interviewed for his perspective on how progressive Americans should respond to Donald Trump's election.
Addressing Healthcare Cybersecurity Strategically
White paper about health care data security for HIMSS Media on behalf of Symantec.
St. Helena Primal event - artisan butchering
Watching someone carve up a whole hog or roast a whole goat, pig or rabbit over an open fire might not be everyone's idea of fun, but a festival at a St. Helena vineyard...
Inn at the Inn - Food column
Food column advertorial for Lark Creek Inn
Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Is It Too Late to Manage the Risks?
Helping hospitals learn from tragic mistakes
This article about medical errors was one of the first major news stories about the "epidemic" of mistakes in hospitals in the United States. Articles like this helped advance...
Tobacco deal
Levy, Doug. "Tobacco's Top Foe Raps Deal." USA TODAY, Jun 23, 1997.
BAR BITES: Boca Steak and Seafood
On weekdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., it's an absolute bargain, as items on the bar menu are offered at half price. Boca's bar is a little like a large country living room, with...
The Bay Area's best Bargain Bites
The Bay Area's best Bargain Bites Since last year the dining scene has gone through some interesting changes. Food carts and trucks, lunch counters run by big-name chefs and...
Medicine by modem
As an "early adopter," Doug frequently wrote about the impact of the Internet and computers on health care. This USA Today Cover Story ran in 1996.
Genome Project Reaches Important Milestones
In 1992, Doug Levy reported on the near-completion of the Human Genome Project, a $3-billion international effort to map the entire genetic blueprint for humans.
Ghostwriters a hidden resource for drug makers
Exposing the practice by drug companies of writing articles, then getting prominent doctors to claim authorship.
USA Today: Organ Transplants 'lucrative' for some
This front-page USA Today story from June 23, 1993 was one of many articles that Doug Levy wrote about organ transplants, the science of transplant medicine, and how to increase...
Fill up on wine, food, tips at SF Chefs 2010
The second annual event, which tents Union Square for walk-around tasting events and takes over nearby venues for seminars and dinners, is a celebration of what promoter Andrew...

Doug Levy in the News

Berkeley emergency responders assess communications after North Bay fires
City In the midst of the North Bay fires that killed dozens and wiped out thousands of homes, Bay Area emergency responders and community members are considering how best to...
Doug Levy mentioned in book about Yahoo
Journalist Nicholas Carlson's book, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!, includes an account of an interaction between Doug Levy and Jerry Yang, which Carlson says...
Tobacco Firm Subpoenas 8 For Papers; Two House Members, 6 Journalists Named
Doug Levy was one of six journalists pursued by the tobacco industry for his investigative reporting that revealed secret science on tobacco and health.

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