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Parts Per Million: The Poisoning of Beverly Hills High School

In conversation with Judith Lewis
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Episode Summary
An unsettling and timely investigation into the ties between Beverly Hills, its oil wells, and a local cancer cluster. A compelling legal drama by a journalist and member of the Beverly Hills High School class of '71.

Participant(s) Bio
Joy Horowitz is a freelance journalist and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles magazine, and many other national publications. At Harvard University, she began writing sports for The Harvard Crimson. After graduating cum laude in 1975, she worked as a copy girl, sports writer and investigative reporter for the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. After stints as an investigative producer at the local CBS-TV news station in L.A. and feature writer at the Los Angeles Times, she received a Masters in Studies of Law (MSL) degree from the Yale Law School in 1982. She has been the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship (1981), a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her reporting on indoor air pollution for the Los Angeles Times (1982), and Sunday Magazine Editors' Association award for her Los Angeles Times magazine article "Greetings from Pearlie and Tessie" (1995), which was the basis for her 1996 book, and several Brandeis University National Women's Committee honors.

Judith Lewis is a senior editor at the LA Weekly, where her writing on technology, the arts, natural resource issues, public health and the environment has appeared since 1991. Her work also appears in High Country News, WIRED, Salon, Sierra Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She won an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for her reporting on nuclear power and global warming. Judith is a member of the Society for Environmental Journalists, and is currently at work on a lay person's guide to nuclear energy.