Each April the KO News holds the Baird Journalism Dinner in the Upper School Library so that KO News editors and writers from all classes, as well as several faculty members and former KO News editors, can convene to share fellowship and hear remarks from a distinguished journalist. The dinner was established by KO News alumni to honor Warren Baird, who served as the faculty advisor of the Kingswood News and the KO News from 1967 to 1989.
This year, the Baird Journalism Dinner held on Tuesday, April 23, featured Alex Kasprak ’04, a science writer for Snopes. After graduating from KO, Alex went on to earn his B.A ain earth sciences from Skidmore College, followed by a master’s in geological sciences from Brown University and a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. An adapted version of his JHU thesis was published by The Atlantic under the title “The Desert Rock That Feeds the World” in November 2016. Alex has worked as a science writer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at BuzzFeed, but he found a home at Snopes, the fact-checking site, in 2017. According to Alex, these days, he writes about “scientific misinformation, pseudoscience, snake oil, climate denialism, and the rumors that lie at the intersection of politics, history, and science.”
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