National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Prior to writing books, Robert Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years. His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe on psychiatric research was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
He also was director of publications at Harvard Medical School for a time. In 1994, cofounded a publishing company, CenterWatch, that reported on the business aspects of the clinical trials industry. He sold CenterWatch in 1998, partly in order to write Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill.
Robert Whitaker’s third book, On The Laps of Gods, (2008) won the 2007 Anthony J. Lukas work-in-progress award. The Mapmaker’s Wife was named by the American Library Association as one of the best biographies of 2004. The book has been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, and Korean.
Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism (for 010
1998 George Polk Award for Medical Reporting
1998 Finalist for Pulitzer Prize, Public Service
1998 National Association of Science Writers, Best Magazine Article
1998 National Institute of Health Care Management Journalism Award
1994 New York State AP Award, first place, Depth Reporting
1994 American Aging Association Excellence in Journalism Award
1994 Hearst Writing Contest Award, first place, Enterprise Reporting
1992 New York State Publishers Award, first place, Community Service
1992 New York State AP Award, second place, Depth Reporting
1992 Hearst Writing Contest Award, first place, Community Service
1989 New York State Publishers Award, first place, State Coverage
1987 New York State AP Award, second place, Business Coverage