Emily Baumgaertner is a science and medicine reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She previously worked in the New York Times’ Washington bureau, where she broke stories on the FDA and the CDC under the Trump administration. Baumgaertner reported from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and a yellow fever epidemic in Congo. At age 16, she sequenced and analyzed an original gene implicated in breast cancer. After finishing her graduate degree in global health metrics at the George Washington University, Baumgaertner had planned to become a researcher but decided to pursue storytelling.