Frances Stead Sellers

Senior writer at the Washington Post, where she covered the 2016 presidential campaign. She has been a senior editor in the newsroom, overseeing the award-winning daily feature and arts section, Style. From 2009 to 2011, she was the deputy national editor responsible for health, science and the environment coverage, which included such major news stories as the swine flu outbreak, the political and legal battles over the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Gulf oil spill, and the Japan nuclear disaster. 

Ms. Sellers came to the Post from Civilization, the magazine of the Library Congress, which she helped launch in 1994 and which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1996. She has written for a wide variety of U.S. and British publications, including the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Times and was a guest editor of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's book, "Saving Lives: Millions at a Time." In 2003, she received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to write about dual citizenship and transnationalism, and in 2006 she was awarded a Wolfson College Press Fellowship at Cambridge University to do research into the evolution of newspapers in an age of instant news. In 2017, she was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

Ms. Sellers grew up in the south of England, graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Modern Languages and came to the United States as a British Thouron Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.


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