Sharon Lerner is an Investigative Reporter at The Intercept covering health, science, and the environment. Her work focuses on how corporate pollution impacts ordinary Americans as well as failures within the environmental regulatory process.
Her stories have been used in congressional hearings, have helped lead the U.S. Air Force to discontinue use of PFC-containing firefighting foam, and have helped get PFOA listed in the Stockholm Convention. Her investigation of chlorpyrifos was the first to lay out how the Trump administration might reverse a long-awaited ban of the pesticide. Her stories have also appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Sharon’s reporting has received an Izzy Award and awards from the Society for Environmental Journalists, the American Public Health Association, the Women and Politics Institute, and the Newswoman’s Club of New York.
Sharon Lerner’s series about perfluorinated chemicals, “The Teflon Toxin,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and featured in the documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Her ongoing coverage of those chemicals, in the “Bad Chemistry” series, has won several awards. Sharon has also covered health issues and, in 2010, wrote a book on American family policy. She has worked in public radio and turned one of her investigative pieces for The Intercept, about an environmental activist who landed in prison, into a long-form radio piece.
EPA ExposedWhistleblowers Expose Corruption in EPA Chemical Safety Office
EPA managers removed information about the risks posed by dozens of chemicals, according to whistleblowers.
How Pesticide Companies Corrupted the EPA and Poisoned America
Pesticide manufacturers that have long dodged regulation by the EPA now face billions in damages for causing cancer, brain damage, and Parkinson’s disease.
Expanding Research Complex in Berkeley Highlights Dangers of U.S. Biolabs
Questions about the origins of Covid-19 raise concerns about the safety of U.S. biolabs.
Bad ChemistryFirefighters Denied Coverage by Veterans Affairs After Exposure to PFAS Firefighting Foam
The VA and insurers have rejected claims from firefighters despite evidence linking PFAS foam and disease.