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Under the Skin

From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.

About Me

About Me

Linda Villarosa is a journalist, an educator and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. She covers the intersection of health and medicine and social justice. She is a journalist in residence and professor at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY and teaches journalism, medicine and Black Studies at the City College of New York. Her book Under the Skin was published in June 2022.

My Work

My Work

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View work I've written, published, or contributed to 


The Daily:
The Lives They Lived

The stories of three of the thousands of American children killed by gun violence this year. I narrated my story about LaVonte’e Williams, a five-year-old from Tennessee, who died the day after he was baptized.

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NYT Opinions:
For This Family, It's Not 'Couch Surfing',It's Homelessness

Linda Villarosa shares her reporting on “doubling up” and makes the case for the government to expand the definition of homelessness.

Under the Skin Awards & More

Under the Skin was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Publisher's Weekly and NPR -- and one of the 10 Best Books of 2022 by the New York Times. 

The book was a finalist for the 2023 Pulitzer Prize and won the 2023 J. Anthony Lukas Prize for
excellence in nonfiction writing from the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman
Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Lillian Smith Book Award from the University of
Georgia. It was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and is a finalist for the Helen Bernstein
Award for Excellence in Journalism by the New York Public Library.

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Watch the NY Times live-event announcement below​
(Under the Skin starts at 39:30) 

Under the Skin
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