January 28, 2000
Kate O'Rourke, a science journalist who has written for local and national publications, has joined the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as a senior media relations representative. She will be responsible for news coverage of AIDS, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, dermatology, hematology and plastic surgery, as well as a variety of basic medical sciences.
O'Rourke has spent the last three years working as a freelance science journalist, writing articles for various magazines, newspapers and online media. Publications include Discovery Channel Online, New Scientist, ScienceNOW, and The World & I Magazine. During that time, she also taught four undergraduate writing classes at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her freelance work, she served as the primary technical writer for the SOUNDPRINT Media Center Inc. and as a research assistant at Jack Faucett Associates, an environmental consulting company.
O'Rourke received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1994. She received her M.A. in science writing from Hopkins in 1996 and is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.
The Office of Communications and Public Affairs at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions is headed by Elaine Freeman, executive director. Joann Rodgers is deputy director and director of media relations. For the latest news releases from Johns Hopkins Medicine and for more information about the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, visit the Web site at http://hopkins.med.jhu.edu and follow the "News Media" link.