Nicholas Gerbis

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Senior Field Correspondent - Science

Nicholas Gerbis joined KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk in 2016. A longtime science, health and technology journalist and editor, his extensive background in related nonprofit and science communications inform his reporting on Earth and space sciences, neuroscience and behavioral health, and bioscience/biotechnology.

Apart from travel and three years in Delaware spent earning his master’s degree in physical geography (climatology), Gerbis has spent most of his life in Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in geography (climatology/meteorology), also from ASU.

Gerbis briefly “retired in reverse” and moved from Arizona to Wisconsin, where he taught science history and science-fiction film courses at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is glad to be back in the Valley and enjoys contributing to KJZZ’s Untold Arizona series.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gerbis focused almost solely on coronavirus-related stories and analysis. In addition to reporting on the course of the disease and related research, he delved into deeper questions, such as the impact of shutdowns on science and medicine, the roots of vaccine reluctance and the policies that exacerbated the virus’s impact, particularly on vulnerable populations.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
American Cancer Society reports 65% drop in cervical cancer since HPV vaccine Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 12, 2023
Disruptive research may be slowing down Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 9, 2023
CES: Qualcomm, Iridium reveal global, satellite-based texting for smartphones Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 6, 2023
Op-ed calls Biden biodefense plan ‘necessary but not sufficient’ Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 5, 2023
Hospital ransomware attacks have doubled since 2016 Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 9, 2023
Oldest New World tools uncovered along Idaho river Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 5, 2023
CDC-funded study forecasts steep rise in youth diabetes Nicholas Gerbis Jan. 4, 2023
CDC and WHO sound global measles warning Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 22, 2022
Expect high COVID-19 vaccine costs when federal support ends Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 22, 2022
USDA grants $5M each to two AZ sustainable food efforts Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 21, 2022
Research preprints skip peer reviews to get new info out faster. But are they reliable? Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 26, 2022
Study casts doubt on benefits of exercise on aging brains Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 19, 2022
Long COVID-19 death toll reached 3,500 in first 30 months of the pandemic Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 15, 2022
CDC expands BMI charts amid record childhood obesity Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 15, 2022
What you need to know about COVID-19 and POTS Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 14, 2022
Study: Over 2 years, COVID-19 vaccines prevented 3M U.S. deaths Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 14, 2022
U.S. health official presents Environmental Justice Index in Tucson Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 9, 2022
Tempe was at the forefront of wastewater testing for COVID-19, other emerging health crises Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 12, 2022
Native American practices reduced fires over large areas Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 8, 2022
UA receives $7.3M from CDC to join long COVID project Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 7, 2022
CDC report reiterates urgency of teen mental health crisis Nicholas Gerbis Dec. 5, 2022
Most AZ counties now have high community COVID levels Nicholas Gerbis Nov. 30, 2022
Parasite might provoke risky behavior in gray wolves Nicholas Gerbis Nov. 30, 2022
Study links high NFL game attendance to COVID spikes Nicholas Gerbis Nov. 25, 2022
Tiny fossil offers big clues to brain evolution Nicholas Gerbis Nov. 25, 2022